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.
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 statement on Barca’s website
read: “UEFA has notified FC Barcelona they have dismissed the claims of
Real Madrid. Sergio Busquets will play in the Champions League final.”
UEFA added: “The complaint lodged by Real Madrid concerning racist
insults by Barcelona player Sergio Busquets against Marcelo were
rejected because of lack of clear and convincing proof.”
Barcelona will play Manchester United in the final at Wembley on May 28.
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.
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 half-time melee in the first leg, received a three-match ban.