Frei to sit out final Swiss game
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Striker Alexander Frei will not play in Switzerland's final Group B game against France after new evidence became available showing him spitting at Steven Gerrard.
Uefa have now provisionally suspended the striker for 15 days pending an appeal against an earlier decision not to punish him for spitting.
Uefa launched an appeal to their own disciplinary panel earlier on Monday after footage provided by Swiss broadcaster SF DRS provided fresh evidence against the Rennes hit-man.
After considering the new evidence regarding Frei's actions, Uefa released the following statement:
''The Uefa Appeals Body has suspended the Swiss player Alexander Frei provisionally for all competitive Uefa matches in national team competitions,'' said a Uefa statement.
''This provisional suspension is for a total of 15 days and takes effect today, June 21, before the France - Switzerland match.''
The Swiss Football Association (SFV) have confirmed they will bow to the wishes of European football's governing body in light of the new evidence.
"The SFV has decided that, on the basis of the new TV pictures, it will not resist a suspension," a statement from the association read.
"In the remaining proceedings, Alex Frei will be represented by a lawyer."
The new footage was discovered by a technician who reviewed the contents of the hard drive of a fixed camera behind a goal at last Thursday's game - which was won 3-0 by England.
Frei, who was initially cleared due to a lack of evidence, had vehemently denied any wrongdoing when first charged.
However, the 24-year-old now looks set for a hefty ban after Uefa set a precedent by suspending Italy's Francesco Totti for three games earlier in the tournament for spitting at Denmark's Christian Poulsen.
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