UEFA says Bocanegra clear to play despite protest

UEFA says Bocanegra clear to play despite protest

Published Aug. 24, 2011 2:34 p.m. ET

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.