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Rangers lose appeal over Whittaker's UEFA ban

Rangers defender Steven Whittaker will now serve a three-match European ban after the club's appeal was dismissed on Monday by UEFA's Appeals Body. Whittaker was dismissed for throwing the ball at opponent Jimmy Durmaz as Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw in Sweden and crashed out of the Champions League competition 2-1 on aggregate.

A statement on the club's official website said: "Rangers have been disappointed to learn UEFA has upheld their three-match ban imposed on Steven Whittaker for his sending off against Malmo in the Champions League on August 3.

"The club appealed the original decision as it felt a punishment of three matches was excessive but UEFA's Appeals Body heard the case in Switzerland this afternoon and dismissed it.

"The club understands Whittaker's sending off for Scotland in a match against Spain at Hampden in October 2010 - for two yellow card offences - was also taken into account today.

"Rangers find this disappointing and believe it is unfair as the player has enjoyed a good disciplinary record throughout his career with Hibernian at Ibrox and with the national side."

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