By Chineze Ogugua
Manchester United have appealed against Phil Jones’ UEFA ban after he was banned for two games which included last night’s Super Cup match.
The 25-year-old was found guilty of abusing a doping control officer following the Europa League final and fined €5,000.
United asked for special dispensation to play him against Real Madrid in the Super Cup, but that request was rejected by UEFA’s appeals body.
However, the club are appealing for a reduced ban to just one match which will mean that by missing yesterday’s Super Cup loss then Jones must have served his ban.
After hearing the appeal, UEFA could decide to uphold the original ban meaning Jones would also sit out the first Champions League group game of the season or decide that the one game served would be sufficient punishment or possibly extend the suspension by an additional game under its guidelines.