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UEFA to investigate horror tackle

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  • UEFA is to investigate challenge on Celtic's Scott Brown in Champions League
  • Benfica's Augustin Binya was shown a red card for the challenge
  • UEFA will decide on further punishment for Binya who is banned for one game
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LONDON, England -- The horror tackle on Celtic midfielder Scott Brown during their 1-0 Champions League win over Benfica is to be investigated by European governing body UEFA.

Brown is challenged by Binya (right) during Tuesday's Champions League tie.

Benfica's Augustin Binya was shown a straight red card by Swedish referee Martin Hansson for the shocking challenge with five minutes of the match remaining at Celtic Park.

Afterwards, Brown accused his opponent of trying to break his leg and urged UEFA to take further action against the Cameroon midfielder.

Binya, 23, faces at least a one-match ban and, because he was sent off, the governing body will automatically investigate the incident and decide later this month whether he should face further sanctions.

A UEFA spokesman confirmed: "We haven't received the reports of the referee or the match delegate yet but we always open a disciplinary case for a red card.

"This will be on the agenda of the next control and disciplinary body meeting on November 15. There will be at least a one-match ban but all red cards are judged individually so we will need to wait until the meeting to see if there will be a further ban."

Brown told Sky Sports News: "I'm all right. It was a bad challenge but I've come through it."

Asked for his verdict on the video replay, Brown said: "Shocking. I don't think the guy should ever have done that. He obviously tried to do me as hard as possible."

Inter Milan midfield Luis Figo could be back in action after two months following successful surgery on a broken leg suffered in the 1-1 weekend Serie A draw against Juventus.

"Figo is in very good form. He'll start his physiotherapy in Milan in a maximum eight days time," said a spokesman for the 35-year-old former Portugal captain. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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