BERNE - Barcelona midfielder Sergio
Busquets could face a five-match European ban after UEFA said it
would investigate claims that he racially insulted a Real Madrid
player during their heated Champions League semi-final.
"UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Barcelona
midfielder Sergio Busquets, who is alleged to have
violated... the UEFA disciplinary regulations by directing
racist abuse towards a Real Madrid player," UEFA said in a
"The proceedings have been launched on the basis of evidence
provided by Real Madrid (video and statement of club and
UEFA said the alleged offence happened during the first leg
of the tie at the Bernabeu on April 27.
Barcelona won 2-0 and following a 1-1 draw in the second leg
they reached the May 28 final against Manchester United at
UEFA said Spanish international Busquets had allegedly
violated article 11 of its disciplinary code.
This reads: "Anyone who insults the human dignity of a
person or group of persons, by whatever means, including on
grounds of colour, race, religion or ethnic origin, shall incur
a suspension for five matches or for a specified period."
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