Lille postpone appeal decision

February 23, 2007

Lille will wait until Monday before deciding whether to appeal against UEFA's decision to throw out their protest about the validity of Manchester United's winning goal in the Champions League.

Lille complained the referee should have blown his whistle before Ryan Giggs took the 83rd-minute free-kick that ultimately won the match for United at Lens' Felix-Bollaert on Tuesday.

Lille players were so incensed the goal was allowed to stand that they threatened to walk off the pitch at the next stoppage of play.

However, UEFA not only rejected the complaint, but charged the French club's players with improper conduct.

Lille are upset with the ruling, and are weighing up whether to make another appeal.

A statement released on their the club's website, www.losc.fr, read: 'We regret that UEFA do not wish to analyse the matter.

'The feeling of injustice is shared by all of those who love football.

'This decision can be appealed within three days. We will review our options and our chances with our legal advisers and we will make a decision on Monday.'