UEFA denies rejecting Miki Roque minute of silence request

Several members of the Roja squad hoped to commemorate the Real Betis defender, who passed away after losing his battle with cancer on Monday at the age of 23.
UEFA has denied reports that it rejected a request from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for a minute's silence to be held before Spain's Euro 2012 semifinal clash with Portugal in tribute to Miki Roque.

The Real Betis defender lost his battle with pelvic cancer earlier this week, aged 23, and La Roja stars Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Ramos led the tributes to the former Under-19 international.

Spain's players had hoped that Roque's passing would be formally recognized just before kickoff in the meeting with Paulo Bento's men in Donetsk, but the European football governing body has denied having received any such request.

A statement on UEFA's website read: “Further to media reports of the alleged refusal to allow a minute of silence in memory of Spanish football player Miki Roque ahead of tonight's UEFA Euro 2012 semifinal between Spain and Portugal, UEFA would like to underline that it has not received any such request from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

“Articles reporting its rejection by UEFA are therefore totally unfounded.”

UEFA did not allow a minute's silence for French journalist Thierry Ronald ahead of France's clash with Sweden during the group stages, even though he had been a close friend of president Michel Platini.

Roque, who spent four years at Liverpool, was diagnosed with cancer last year after undergoing a routine checkup on a back problem and had a tumor removed last May.

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