Champions League

Busquets cleared of abuse

2011-05-16 15:44
Sergio Busquets (AFP)
Geneva - Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets will be able to play in the Champions League final against Manchester United later this month after being cleared of racist abuse by UEFA on Monday.

European football's governing body confirmed they have dismissed claims from Barca's Spanish rivals Real Madrid that Busquets racially insulted Brazilian full-back Marcelo during the controversial first leg of their European semi-final last month.

A UEFA statement read: "The chairman of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body, acting as a judge sitting alone, has today decided to dismiss the report made by Real Madrid concerning racial abuse against their player Marcelo by FC Barcelona player Sergio Busquets due to a lack of strong and convincing evidence."

A statement on Barca's website read: "UEFA notified FC Barcelona they have dismissed the claims of Real Madrid. Sergio Busquets will play in the Champions League final."

Barcelona will play Manchester United in the final at Wembley on May 28.

The capital club published a video on their website ahead of the second leg, with a subtitle alleging Busquets had made a comment towards wing-back Marcelo during Barca's 2-0 win at the Bernabeu.

Barcelona went on to qualify for the final 3-1 on aggregate.

UEFA handed down a three-match ban on Real coach Jose Mourinho after he made allegations of favouritism towards Barcelona, while Real defender Pepe was sent off in the first leg.

Barcelona reserve goalkeeper Jose Pinto, red-carded in a halftime melee in the first leg, received a three-match ban.


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