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UEFA rejects Maribor protest over Bocanegra

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Rangers have confirmed that UEFA have rejected Maribor’s protest over the eligibility of American defender Carlos Bocanegra for the Europa League play-offs.

The United States captain made his debut for Rangers in the first leg in Slovenia last Thursday, having signed the day before from St.Etienne.

However, the US international was ineligible to play in the league game against Motherwell at the weekend, because he did not obtain a visa to work in the UK, until yesterday.

Maribor questioned the eligibility of the defender after the played the full 90 minutes in last week’s match, which the Slovenian side won 2-1. However their complaint over Bocanegra’s eligibility was dismissed by UEFA.

An official statement on the Rangers website stated: “Rangers Football Club is delighted to confirm that UEFA has rejected the protest filed by NK Maribor with regards to the ineligibility of Carlos Bocanegra.”

“As already indicated, the SFA confirmed Carlos was deemed eligible to play at a domestic level within the UEFA deadline in accordance with the requirements of the UEFA Regulations.”

“The club is pleased the matter has been dealt with swiftly as we always felt there was no case to answer and now our sole focus in on tomorrow’s Europa League qualifier at Ibrox Stadium.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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