Referee's error will not avert Dailly ban

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Uefa has effectively ruled out the possibility of rescinding Christian Dailly's caution to enable him to play for Scotland against the Netherlands in Amsterdam tomorrow in the Euro 2004 play-off second leg.

The West Ham defender was booked by the Norwegian referee, Terje Hauge, during Saturday's 1-0 first-leg win at Hampden Park. Dailly was cautioned for kicking the ball away and Hauge admitted that he made a mistake when he realised that the player had not heard the whistle.

However, European football's governing body said there was no chance that the decision would be overturned. "The only possibility of this being overturned is when there is a case of mistaken identity" a Uefa spokesperson said. "They can obviously appeal but the outcome would be quite straightforward." Despite this, the Scottish Football Association is still expected to appeal.

The Dutch winger Andy van der Meyde fell ill yesterday and is doubtful for the game. The Internazionale player collapsed during a radio interview and fell on to a set of speakers, suffering a head wound. He was diagnosed as suffering from low blood pressure, a problem he has had before.

If he pulls out, his likely replacement on the right of midfield would be Milan's Clarence Seedorf who came off the bench on Saturday. PSV Eindhoven's speedy Arjen Robben is tipped to start on the left flank after joining the squad on Sunday.

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