Ibrahimovic cleared to face Barcelona after ban is reduced

The Swede has seen his suspension cut down to just one match following his red card against Valencia, meaning he will be free for both quarter-final legs
Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been cleared to face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals after Uefa reduced his two-game ban to one match.

The former AC Milan striker was sent off in the dying minutes of Paris Saint-Germain's 2-1 victory over Valencia in the first leg of their last-16 tie, and was subsequently handed a two-match suspension.

However, after a successful appeal from the Ligue 1 club, the punishment has been reduced to just one game, meaning he will be available for both last-eight legs against his old club, having served the ban in the reverse fixture against Valencia.

"The Uefa Appeals Body has accepted the appeal lodged by Paris Saint-Germain against a two-match ban meted out to striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, reducing his suspension to one game," a Uefa statement read.

"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 21 round-of-16 first-leg victory at Valencia.

"He will now be available for the French side's quarter-final opener against his old team, Barcelona."