Lille launch appeal

26 February 2007 06:06
UEFA has confirmed that Lille have appealed against the decision to reject their protest against Ryan Giggs' controversial goal in the Champions League defeat to Manchester United. UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body had rejected the French side's claim that there had been a technical mistake by the referee in allowing Giggs's match-winning free-kick to be taken without having blown his whistle. The Wales international scored the only goal of the match in the 83rd minute with a quickly-taken free-kick which was sanctioned by referee Eric Braamhaar. UEFA has already confirmed that it will investigate problems off the pitch at Lens - where the last 16 first leg tie was held. United are unhappy that some of their fans appeared to be pushed against a 10-foot high metal fence and at least two people had to be lifted over the barriers to safety. Riot police then fired tear gas and swung truncheons at those who were trying to climb over the barrier.

Source: ESA