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Good news for Manchester United as Champions League ban appeal is successful

The appeal of Aaron Wan-Bissaka's ban has been reduced, which is a big benefit for Manchester United in the Champions League. Wan-Bissaka was shown straight red card in Man United's Champions League group opener against Young Boys. His challenge to Christopher Pereira was not only rough, but also unlucky as Man United went on to lose the match, and Wan-Bissaka was suspended for two Champions League games, the first of which he served last time out in Europe against Villarreal. The England international was also due to miss Man United's match against Atalanta, but when the Red Devils' UEFA appeal was approved, he will now be able to play.

According to a UEFA statement (reported by The Athletic): "Manchester United's appeal has been upheld." the UEFA Control, Ethics, and Disciplinary Body decision of September 23, 2021, is revised as follows: To suspend Manchester United player, Mr. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, for the next one (1) UEFA club competition match for which he would otherwise be eligible, for dangerous play."

Man United supporters are likely to see this as justice done. The red card was the proper call on the night, but Wan-Bissaka only had his eyes on the ball, and a two-game suspension looked harsh. With all due respect to Diogo Dalot, Wan-Bissaka's replacement, he is considerably more defensively vulnerable than his partner. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be relieved that he won't have to rely on him the following Wednesday.

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