Updated: 07/03/2013 10:14 | By pa.press.net

UEFA launch proceedings against United



Sir Alex Ferguson, centre, did not attend the post-match press conference

Sir Alex Ferguson, centre, did not attend the post-match press conference

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United over Nani's red card and the non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations at Tuesday night's Champions League match with Real Madrid, the European governing body has confirmed.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson reacted angrily after Nani was sent off for a high challenge on Madrid's Alvaro Arbeloa in the 56th minute of the match, which United were leading 1-0 at the time. But with the man advantage, Madrid came back to win 2-1 on the night, 3-2 on aggregate.

Ferguson did not appear for interviews after the match, with his assistant Mike Phelan attending the post-match press conference and saying the manager was too "distraught" to speak, while the players did not stop to talk in the mixed zone.

UEFA issued a short statement confirming disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the club regarding the two incidents.

"The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on Thursday 21 March," the statement said.

Champions League rules oblige managers to speak to the media after every match.

Phelan had suggested he was at least likely to adopt a more diplomatic stance than his boss, who might have risked an even heavier sanction had he said in public what he thought in private.

Wednesday's statement from UEFA made no mention of defender Rio Ferdinand, who sarcastically applauded Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir after the final whistle when the players surrounded the officials.

UEFA has already released a statement insisting it had no issues regarding Cakir's performance.

"There are no issues for us regarding the sending off," said a UEFA spokesman.

275Comments
06/03/2013 18:19
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well done UEFA, take note FA they have some balls

06/03/2013 19:09
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It's a football match, you lost, If nani hadnt have had his foot high there would be no reason for any kind of card, maybe it was harsh but it wasnt without foundation. Why does Fergie think that Man Utd are a special case and he can be so angry that he can't attend press conference?. Even Jose was over magnanimous because its Man Utd, Ronaldo didnt celebrate his goal because it's utd, this whole thing is ridiculous and any sympathy I might have had with utd is gone. 

Sometimes decisions go against you, the rest of use have been on the end of many dodgy decisions against utd we have a moan end get on with it, it's not like they were spanked by a crap team.

A man of his experience, should have showed some professionalism and turned up to the press or post match interview... end of.

 Why should it be any different for utd.
06/03/2013 20:31
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Ferdinand should have been cited by UEFA for his attitude to the ref.
06/03/2013 19:09
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 the manager was too "distraught" to speak ... A Classic line!!

Wednesday's statement from UEFA made no mention of defender Rio Ferdinand, who sarcastically applauded Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir after the final whistle when the players surrounded the officials. ........ This needs to be addressed, rio is a born thug,
06/03/2013 18:41
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SAF not bitter, distraught.

About time this idiot was dealt with and it seems that at least UEFA have the balls .

06/03/2013 20:05
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The players who approached the referee after the game should also be taken to task by the authorities. It was a disgusting display of unprofessional behaviour. If I behaved like that in my job; well I wouldn't have a job. 3 game ban or heavy fine.
06/03/2013 18:54
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shame there's no mention of camel gob in the report... that kind of behavior needs to be stamped out... what sort of example is it to youngsters when you've got highly paid players behaving like petulant spoilt babies on the pitch... bearing in mind there were youngsters who support other teams watching... obviously any youngsters of a manyoo persuasion will grow up to be petulant, whining, divine right babies, given the evidence provided by the adult support already at the club. 

06/03/2013 18:19
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For such a great manager, and let's be honest ,he is a great manager,he can be a bit of a t 1T sometimes .....
06/03/2013 18:53
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i really hope uefa throw the book at fergie, nani an ferdinand an ban them next season that game was watched by childen to what great rolemodels they are hopfully his grandchilden dont grow up to act like grandad he a disgrace to football and a disgracfull rolemodel time to retire fergie
06/03/2013 20:11
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Rio the racist at it again give him a ban@bacon face too" 
06/03/2013 18:51
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Two possible reasons why ****-face didn't make it to post-match conference:
1. He was still looking for his dummy.
2. He's rapidly losing body strength on his last days.

Ps, feel free to add to the list.

07/03/2013 03:48
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AT LAST A REFEREE WHO IS NOT INTIMIDATED BY MAN UTD,AND NOT AFRAID TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THEM...WHY DO PLAYERS AND MANAGERS  FEEL APOLOGETIC WHEN THEY BEAT UTD,.LIKE JOSE MOURINHO MAKING A REDICULOUS STATEMENT AFTER THE GAME,THAT "THE BEST TEAM LOST"..STUPID PRATT...AND  RONALDO WAS EQUALLY AFRAID TO CELEBRATE HIS GOAL..ANOTHER SCARDIE CAT...WHAT DO THEY THINK UTD IS GOING TO DO. ?..SEND A HIT MAN AFTER THEM..?  ...I HOPE U.E.F.A. HITS FERGUSON HARD,AND THEY ALSO BAN,AND FINE FERDINAND,FOR BEHAVING LIKE A BIG BABY CLAPPING HIS HANDS IN THE REF,S FACE...DID HE THINK THE REF STOLE HIS DUMMY.?..ANOTHER PRATT...UTD LOST,AND DIDNT EVEN SCORE.".REAL" SCORED FOR THEM....DEAL WITH IT....AND STOP WHINGEING, YOU BIG BABIES
06/03/2013 19:11
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quick someone get mr gill into uefa to cover the old fart yet again glory glory glory utd.....oh maybe not.6,700 ex glory-supporters  got their city shirts today
06/03/2013 18:33
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Just kick the cheating tw4t and his team out of Europe for a few seasons. Maybe then he'll learn to keep his big mouth shut for a change. Mourinho rules!!!

06/03/2013 21:18
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Well he blantenly done the same for two seasons against the BBC ... because the truth was asked and spoken. That was not only disrespectful but against the agreements there too ... and his club still took the money.

 Indeed his club do pay all is fines etc. so that was offset ... well nearly it actually came out of the supporters funds every week.

07/03/2013 06:20
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it just keeps getting better, Thank you Jose and Real Madrid for making my day.
06/03/2013 21:00
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Yes, a terrific manager and a winner although rather graceless on occasions. Those things often go together in successful sportsmen which is a shame but more credit to the guys who handle winning and losing with equanimity, Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore to name two absolute gents and massive sporting greats.
07/03/2013 05:38
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typical Fergie the cheating **** moment, how many times have we watched week in week out at the ridiculous decisions utd get, they were given so many penalties and opposition players sent off in all the BIG games at the start of the season i would say around 15pts.... take them away and they are just a mediocre side at best, but thats what utd do all the time and show no embarrassment at the constant favoritism they recieve, the ref deserves a pat on the back, mourhinio just wants his job!!
06/03/2013 18:13
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Quick. ......send for Uncle Gil......
Could this get any sweeter.........lmao!
06/03/2013 20:23
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