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Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a press conference. Picture credit: David Maher/Sportsfile.

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a press conference. Picture credit: David Maher/Sportsfile.

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Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a press conference. Picture credit: David Maher/Sportsfile.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has been cleared by UEFA to play for Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

UEFA says its appeals panel granted a request by Ibrahimovic and PSG to lift the second match of a two-game ban imposed after he was sent off for a challenge on Valencia midfielder Andres Guardado in stoppage time of their last-16 meeting in February.

The Swedish forward (above) can now face his former club in Paris next Tuesday.

The return is in Barcelona on April 10. Ibrahimovic challenged UEFA's disciplinary ruling which extended the one-match ban applied automatically to players sent off in European competition matches.

He served his suspension when PSG drew 1-1 at home against Valencia, to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

 

Bolton to let Davies leave this summer

Kevin Davies has been left shocked and hurt after discovering he is being released by Bolton at the end of the season.

The former England international, who turned 36 today, is out of contract in the summer and he has been told he will not be offered an extension by the npower Championship outfit.

Davies (left), who has made over 400 appearances and scored 84 goals during a 10-year spell at Bolton, admits he has been taken aback by the news as he had hoped to finish his career at the Reebok Stadium. He said: "It was a bit of a shock. I was shocked at the time and it's not quite sunk in yet, but these things happen.

"I always wanted to stay here and finish my career here, and hoped to go into a coaching role. That's maybe why it's shocked me so much."

The former Blackburn and Southampton striker, who will look at the possibility of going out on loan in the next few days, insists he has no intention of hanging up his boots yet, however.


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