Zlatan Ibrahimovic cleared on appeal to face fomer club Barcelona
• PSG striker can play both Champions League clashes
• French club win appeal and Uefa halves punishment
The Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be available for both legs of the Champions League quarter-final meeting with Barcelona after Uefa halved his two-match ban on appeal.
The Sweden international was dismissed during the first leg of PSG's last-16 meeting with Valencia and duly missed the return leg in Paris as Carlo Ancelotti's men completed a 3-2 aggregate win.
The French club appealed in an effort to allow Ibrahimovic to face his old club – with whom he played two seasons between 2009 and 2011 – next Tuesday, and Uefa has confirmed his eligibility for both the Parc des Princes tie and the return leg at the Camp Nou on 10 April.
A statement published on uefa.com read: "The Uefa appeals body has accepted the appeal lodged by Paris St-Germain against a two-match ban meted out to striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, reducing his suspension to one game.
"The 31-year-old striker had incurred the original penalty from the Uefa control and disciplinary body after being dismissed in the closing seconds of PSG's 2-1 Uefa Champions League round-of-16 first-leg victory at Valencia on 12 February.
"Following PSG's appeal, the Uefa appeals body has decided to commute that suspension to one match, which Ibrahimovic served in the second leg against Valencia in Paris on 6 March. He will now be available for the French side's quarter-final opener against his old team, Barcelona, on Tuesday."
Ibrahimovic has scored 27 goals for PSG – including two in the current Champions League campaign – since arriving from Milan for ¤20m (£17m) last summer.
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