x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Wayne Rooney sees ban reduced to two matches by Uefa

England striker will be able to play the last European Championship group game, against Ukraine, the tournament co-hosts.

abio Capello, right, the England manager, joined Wayne Rooney, left, in Nyon for his appeal against the ban.
abio Capello, right, the England manager, joined Wayne Rooney, left, in Nyon for his appeal against the ban.

Wayne Rooney has been cleared to play in England's final group match at next year's European Championship following a UEFA decision to reduce his three-match ban to two.

UEFA says its appeals panel deferred the final match of the England striker's three-match suspension on condition of good behavior for four years.

England faces Euro 2102 co-host Ukraine on June 19, but Rooney remains banned for England's games against France and Sweden.

UEFA banned Rooney for three matches after he was sent off for kicking Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic in England's last qualifier in October.

Wearing a Manchester United blazer and tie, Rooney's hearing began just 10 hours after his club was eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League by FC Basel.