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Rooney’s Euro 2012 ban reduced by one game

WAYNE ROONEY’S Euro 2012 ban has been reduced to two matches today following a |successful appeal to UEFA and he will now be available for England’s third group match against Ukraine.

UEFA’s three-man appeals panel today reduced his original three-match ban imposed for his red card against Montenegro.

A UEFA spokesman confirmed that the ban for the third match will be suspended for four years - and will only kick in if he is sent off in another European match.

Rooney has also agreed to do some coaching in the community, said the spokesman.

Rooney’s two-match ban means he misses the Group D opener against France on June 11 in Donetsk and also the second game against Sweden in Kiev on June 15 but can now face host nation Ukraine on June 19 in Donetsk.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has accused the English Football Association of not setting a good example in successfully appealing Rooney’s ban.

“I find it a bit strange the FA are supposed to be setting an example for things yet they appeal against Wayne Rooney’s three-match ban,” he said.

“I don’t think that's a good example to set.”