Manchester United may be in trouble with UEFA after their Champions League exit

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UEFA have announced that they have opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United following Tuesday’s contentious loss to Real Madrid.

United may be punished for non-fulfillment of post-match media obligations, Sir Alex Ferguson and his players having failed to give any interviews in the wake of their 2-1 Champions League defeat at Old Trafford.

Ferguson was reportedly furious about the dismissal of Nani, who was controversially red carded in the 56th minute, when United were 1-0 up. Nani was sent off, incorrectly in the opinion of many experts, for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa, and Madrid then scored twice in three minutes to secure a 3-2 aggregate win.

Ferguson did not appear for interviews after the match, and the players did not stop to talk to the media in the mixed zone, as is conventional. The manager’s assistant Mike Phelan did speak to the press and said: “It’s a distraught dressing room and a distraught manager. That’s why I’m sat here now.”

A spokesman for European football’s governing body said on Wednesday: “UEFA has opened proceedings against Manchester United for the non-fulfillment of media obligations by the coach and players. “The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on Thursday 21 March.”

UEFA also say they have opened routine proceedings against Nani over the sending off. All players receiving red cards for serious foul play in a UEFA match have their case referred to the disciplinary body, which has the power to extend Nani’s one-match ban.

However, there was no mention of any action being taken against United players for dissent. Unhappy United players surrounded the referee at the final whistle and Rio Ferdinand could be spotted sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir.

UEFA had earlier released a statement in support of Cakir’s decision to dismiss Nani which said: “There are no issues for us regarding the sending off.”

 

Source : (Sky Sports)


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