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UEFA Reduce Wayne Rooney Euro 2012 Ban to Two Matches: Striker Cleared for Ukraine Clash

Old Trafford striker appears before appeal committee in Nyon after last night’s defeat in nearby Basel.

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England striker Wayne Rooney’s ban for the Euro 2012 Championship has been reduced to two matches from three after an appeal to Uefa in Switzerland.

He was punished after being sent off for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic during a 2-2 draw with Montenegro in October.

Rooney, 26, will now be available for England’s third Group D game, against joint hosts Ukraine, but will miss the fixtures against France and Sweden.

The third match of his ban has been suspended for four years.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

This is a bit of a result for Fabio and the England national team. This turn-around, though not as good as a reversal of the ban (which was never on the cards), means that Wayne Rooney will sit out matches with France and Sweden but will be available for selection the match against hosts Ukraine.

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