Uefa suspend Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano for one game
Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano will miss his team's final UEFA Champions League group match against Juventus after being suspened for one game by Uefa for his controversial goal in the 5-2 victory over FC Nordsjælland.
Adriano, 25, has been found guilty by Uefa of a violation of the principles of conduct and, as well as the suspension, will be asked to perform one day of community football service.
The incident occured during in the Group E match in Denmark when, with the score tied at 1-1, the Brazilian striker ran onto a pass aimed for the Nordsjælland keeper from a teammate, who was returning the ball following an injury to one of the Danish players.
The striker, unchalleneged by defenders who had all stopped, took the ball around the keeper and tapped the ball into an empty net.
The Shakhtar owner Rinat Akhmetov described the incident as 'unacceptable' and promised to accept whatever punishment Uefa deemed fit.
The official statement issued by Uefa can be read below:
The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body today decided to suspend Luiz Adriano for one match.
The suspension applies to next week's UEFA Champions League group stage game between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus in Ukraine. The Shakhtar player has also been required to perform one full day of community football service.
Luiz Adriano had been charged with violation of the principles of conduct (Article 5, UEFA Disciplinary Regulations) during last week's UEFA Champions League Group E match against FC Nordsjælland in Copenhagen.