Date: 23rd February 2007 at 5:34pm
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United are now assured they had in fact won the game at Lens on Tuesday. Ryan Giggs’ free-kick sparked controversy but it has been deemed perfectly valid.

Giggs scored with a free-kick while Lille keeper Tony Sylva was still lining up the wall. The Lille players were furious at the perceived technical error of the referee who did not rule out the goal as United did not ask for the whistle.

The French club lodged an official complaint to the UEFA who studied all the video evidence, the refereeing report and the rules carefully and announced that there had been no evidence of any kind of technical error and thus declared that the goal had been perfectly valid.

The Disciplinary Body decided to instigate proceedings against Lille for the behaviour of their players after the goal when they appeared to try to walk off the pitch and get the match abandoned. Crowd troubles and possible security problems are also investigated by European football’s governing body.