UEFA says Bocanegra clear to play despite protest

UEFA says United States captain Carlos Bocanegra is cleared to

play for his new club Rangers in a Europa League playoff, though it

will study a protest about his eligibility lodged by opponent

Maribor.

UEFA says the Scottish Football Association gave guarantees

clearing Bocanegra to make his debut in a 2-1 loss in Slovenia last

Thursday, the day after he joined Rangers from French club

Saint-Etienne.

The U.S. defender then missed a Scottish league match on

Saturday because he had not received his visa to work in

Britain.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will study Maribor’s protest

into Bocanegra’s playing status.

UEFA rules demand that protests are lodged in writing within 24

hours of a match under investigation.