posted on Mar, 29 2004 @ 12:11 PM
Uefa has dropped an
appeal against its own control and disciplinary body over the one-match ban given to Manchester United captain Roy Keane.The Irishman was found guilty
of improper conduct after his red card for standing on Porto keeper Vitor Baia.
Roy Keane will be free to play in Europe from the start of next season after UEFA withdrew its appeal against their own disciplinary sanction against
the Manchester United captain.Keane missed the disastrous second leg of the Champions League knock-out defeat by Porto earlier this month after being
sent off in the opening game for standing on goalkeeper Vitor Baia late in the game.At the time, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Baia had made
the most of the incident, which brought about the 11th red card of Keane's United career.Under article 50 of the Uefa disciplinary regulations, the
body has the power of appeal against verdicts taken by its disciplinary authorities.Any extended suspension would have ruled Keane out of playing in
Europe at the start of next season.While understandably delighted Keane is now free to play in next year's competition, United officials are fuming
with the wording of UEFA's statement.They feel the implication is that the action would have continued had United advanced to the last eight and do
not understand the apparently arbitrary nature of UEFA's disciplinary process.However, they have decided against expressing their concerns publicly
and now consider the matter closed.