Previous
Barcelona
Bayern Munich
3
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Torino
Empoli
0
1
FT
Game Details
Real Salt Lake
LA Galaxy
1:30 AM GMT May 7, 2015
Game Details
Guaraní
Corinthians
10:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
São Paulo
Cruzeiro
1:00 AM GMT May 7, 2015
Leg 1
Game Details
Atlético MG
Internacional
1:00 AM GMT May 7, 2015
Leg 1
Game Details
Next

Real escape with hope of progress

What the papers say
Read

Real escape with hope of progress

What the papers say
Read
By ESPN Staff

Lithuania to appeal player's UEFA diving ban

VILNIUS, Sept 21 (Reutes) - Lithuania's soccer federation will appeal UEFA's decision to issue a two-match ban to midfielder Saulius Mikoliunas for diving.

Mikoliunas, who won a controversial penalty during his country's 3-1 defeat away to Scotland on Sept. 8, became the first to fall foul of new UEFA regulations aimed at punishing incidents of cheating missed by referees.

UEFA's disciplinary body said on Thursday that Mikoliunas, who plays for Hearts in Scotland's Premier League, had been found guilty of deceiving the referee.

But Lithuanian soccer federation president Liutauras Varanavicius told Reuters he disagreed with the decision.

'This is an unfair decision towards a Lithuanian player, and the punishment is not appropriate,' he said on Friday.

'We are going to appeal aginst the decision.'

The new UEFA regulations set down an automatic two-match ban for players who act 'with the obvious intent to cause any match official to make an incorrect decision'.

Mikoliunas will miss Lithuania's next two Euro 2008 qualifiers, away against France on Oct. 17 and at home against Ukraine on Nov. 17.

Varanavicius said UEFA should also punish Scottish forward Garry O'Connor for 'faking a foul by Lithuanian defender Tomas Zvirgzdauskas, who received a yellow card in the same match'.

Lithuania's soccer federation introduced a rule a month ago that referees could replay the match video as a means to prevent players from diving, Varanavicius added.