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Sport Soccer-UEFA rejects Rangers appeal against Roofe's four-game ban

08:45  11 may  2021
08:45  11 may  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Kemar Roofe has been ruled out of Rangers ’ Champions League qualifying bid after UEFA rejected an appeal against his four - game ban for “assaulting” Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar. Roofe was sent off during Rangers ’ controversial 2-0 Europa League defeat to the Czech side back in March after planting his studs into Kolar’s face. The Czech stopper was left with a fractured skull as a result. However, Rangers announced they would contest Roofe ’ s ban , claiming the punishment was “severe”. However, in a statement UEFA confirmed the original sanction would stand. “The appeal lodged by

UEFA have banned Rangers striker Kemar Roofe for four games after his horror tackle on the Slavia Prague goalkeeper. Steven Gerrard' s side were also hit with a massive fine by the European football chiefs. Uefa say Rangers must ensure them that Roofe is personally informed of the decision. Injured keeper Kolar, who returned to action against Arsenal three weeks on from the incident, will have to wear a head guard for the rest of his career. And earlier today, the Slavia ace lashed out at Roofe as he revealed he has yet to receive an apology from the Englishman over the high-boot.

(Reuters) - UEFA has rejected an appeal from Scottish champions Rangers over forward Kemar Roofe's four-match ban for a horror challenge that left Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar with a fractured skull in their Europa League match in March.

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Roofe was shown a red card after his boot caught Kolar in the face during their 2-0 second-leg defeat in the last-16.

Rangers, who were knocked out of the competition 3-1 on aggregate, appealed the sanction, saying the punishment was "severe".

"The appeal lodged by Rangers FC has been dismissed," UEFA said in a statement. "Consequently the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body's (CEDB) decision of 13 April 2021 is confirmed.

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Kemar Roofe was sent off during Rangers ' ill-tempered clash with Slavia Prague. He was sent off after planting his studs into goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar' s face. The striker has had his appeal against the four - game ban by UEFA rejected . 'The appeal lodged by Rangers FC has been dismissed,' it read. 'Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body' s (CEDB) decision of 13 April 2021 is confirmed. 'The CEDB had decided to suspend Rangers FC player, Mr. Kemar Roofe , for four (4) UEFA club competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible, for dangerously assaulting

UEFA today rejected Rangers ’ appeal against Kemar Roofe ’ s four game ban for “dangerously assaulting” Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar. Roofe was shown a red card during the Ibrox club’s Europa League last 16 second leg defeat to the Czech side in Govan in March. He kicked Kolar in the head as he challenged for the ball shortly after coming on as a substitute. Steven Gerrard’s team lost the match 2-0 and crashed out of the competition 3-1 on aggregate. The Czech keeper suffered a fractured skull. However, Rangers claimed the punishment was “severe” and appealed against the


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"The CEDB had decided to suspend Rangers FC player, Mr Kemar Roofe, for four UEFA club competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible, for dangerously assaulting another player."

Roofe will serve the four-game European ban when Rangers enter next season's Champions League at the third qualifying round stage.

UEFA also banned Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela for 10 matches for "racist behaviour" in the same match.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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