UEFA have rejected Lille’s appeal against Ryan Giggs’ controversial goal in last week’s Champions League tie.
The French club were adamant that Giggs’ free-kick in last week’s first leg should not have stood, claiming referee Eric Braamhaar had made a ‘technical error’.
Uefa turned down that first appeal last Friday, but Lille continued their protest by appealing that decision. However, the appeal has again been turned down.
A statement on Uefa’s website read: “The Appeals Body supported the original decision that there was no proof of a technical error, and validated the result in Lens, a 1-0 victory to the English club.”
Lille could now take their protest to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within three days of receiving notification of the latest verdict.
The second leg of the last 16 tie is due to take place at Old Trafford next Wednesday.