Shakhtar Donetsk seeks clarification on Adriano ban

UEFA busy compiling explanation following Ukrainian club’s request

Shakhtar Donestsk has asked UEFA for an explanation as to why its player Luiz Adriano has been banned from playing in its final match of the Champions League group stage.

The Copenhagen Post was this morning told by the European governing body that Shakhtar has asked for an official explanation behind the ruling, and that UEFA was busy compiling one. The UEFA spokesperson said a press statement, including an explanation, would be made public either today or on Monday.

Donestsk striker Adriano received the ban on Tuesday forviolation of the principles of conduct when scoring a goal on November 20 against Danish side FC Nordsjælland after an agreement between the players that the ball should be played back to the Danish goalkeeper.

The goal stood, but despite apologies from Adriano, his club and the club’s president, UEFA took action this week by handing Adriano a  ban for a game that holds little importance to Shakhtar as it has already qualified for the knockout stage.

UEFA charged the player under Article 5, UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, but despite this, the Ukrainian club has asked for more details behind the decision.