Raul Meireles appeals against 11 match ban for 'spitting and insulting' referee

Raul Meireles will have to wait until next week to find out whether his appeal has been upheld, with the commission waiting to review "images of the incident from every angle". "The referee's accusations are outrageous and defamatory. I have an eight-year-old child, can you imagine if kids start saying your father spat at a referee?," said Meireles.

updated: December 22, 2012 20:46 IST
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Paris: Fenerbahce's Portuguese star Raul Meireles appeared before the Turkish Football Federation's appeal commission on Saturday in a bid to overturn his 11 match ban for spitting and making a homophobic gesture at a referee.

After the 90-minute hearing the former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder left Fenerbahce's vice-president Abdullah Kigili to pass comment.

"There was no spitting," Kigili told news agency Anatolia.

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