Welsh international Ryan Giggs can play for his country in tomorrow night's UEFA EURO 2004™ play-off second leg against Russia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
However, the Manchester United FC winger will subsequently have to answer a UEFA disciplinary charge of improper conduct in Saturday's first leg in Moscow. UEFA today studied video evidence in the wake of allegations that Giggs had elbowed a Russian opponent. The case will be heard by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body on 4 December.
Under UEFA rules, it is a fundamental principle that a person charged must be able to state his case in writing before any decision is taken. Consequently, due to time constraints, no decision could be made before Wednesday's match, and Giggs will be eligible to play.
At the December disciplinary hearing, the Football Union of Russia will also face charges related to the setting off of fireworks and throwing of missiles by spectators at Saturday's game. The first leg ended in a goalless draw, and the winners of tomorrow night's return leg will go through to the EURO 2004™ finals in Portugal next summer.
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