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Aragones wins Henry case appeal

Spain coach Luis Aragones
Aragones' Spain side face England in a friendly on Wednesday

Spain coach Luis Aragones has won his appeal over racist remarks made about France striker Thierry Henry.

Aragones, whose side face England on Wednesday, commented on the Arsenal forward in a 2004 training session.

The Spanish Football Association fined him 2,000 for behaviour "contrary to the good order of the sport".

The offence was upgraded to "conduct which could be considered to be racist" by a government body but that has not been successfully appealed against.

"The court found that the Spanish Committee for Sporting Discipline had incorrectly evaluated the evidence," said a Spanish FA (RFEF) statement.

"We now hope that all measures will be taken to clear the good name of the national coach and the RFEF disciplinary committees."

The RFEF has yet to say whether the original fine will stand.

But Aragones told Cadena Ser radio station: "I went to court because it was a stain on my reputation and because the offence did not exist as some judges thought.

The latest ruling is definitive and there is no right of appeal.

In November 2004 England's black players were subjected to racist chanting in a friendly against Spain.

see also
Keeper Foster given England start
06 Feb 07 |  Internationals
Aragones given vote of confidence
08 Oct 06 |  Internationals
Aragones explains change of heart
12 Sep 06 |  Internationals
Aragones punishment to be upheld
07 Apr 05 |  Internationals
Aragones fined for Henry remarks
01 Mar 05 |  Internationals

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