March 12, 2019 / 5:37 PM / a month ago

Soccer: Arsenal's Lacazette free to face Rennes as UEFA cuts ban

Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v Manchester United - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - March 10, 2019 Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette reacts Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

(Reuters) - Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette is eligible to play in Thursday’s Europa League last 16 second-leg clash against Rennes after his three-match ban was reduced to two games, UEFA said on Tuesday.

The French striker was shown a red card for a foul on BATE Borisov defender Aleksandar Filipovic in the last-32 first-leg match and was hit with a three-game ban by European soccer’s governing body for serious rough play.

Arsenal appealed against the decision which was partially upheld and Lacazette’s suspension was reduced to two matches, which he has already served.

“The appeal lodged by Arsenal FC has been partially upheld,” UEFA said in a statement.

Lacazette missed the last-32 second leg against BATE which Arsenal won 3-0 and their 3-1 round of 16 first-leg defeat in Rennes.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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