Man United's Sir Ferguson and Nani Await Uefa's Decision

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Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson and Nani Await Uefa's Decision

Nani will at least get a one-match ban from Uefa as a result of his sending off in United's Champions League tie against Real Madrid. Sir Alex Ferguson is also facing disciplinary action after failing to report for his post-match media duties.

Uefa has begun disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United following their Champions League 1-2 defeat by Real Madrid. United lost the tie 3-2 on aggregate. United were leading 1-0 on the night - and 2-1 on aggregate - when referee Cakir dismissed Nani in the 56th minute.

European football's governing body is taking action over Nani's red card and Sir Alex Fergispm's "non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations" at Old Trafford.

With Man United ahead 1-0, Nani was sent off by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir in the 56th minute for a high foot challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.

Nani's red card is subject to a disciplinary review which will decide whether the automatic one-match ban should be extended.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reacted angrily to the sending off and did not appear for the post-match interviews, with his assistant Mike Phelan taking his place.

Phelan explained that Ferguson was not in the right frame of mind to speak publicly so soon after the match, saying: "It's a distraught dressing room and a distraught manager. That's why I am sitting here now."

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and winger Nani will find out on Thursday what punishment they face from Uefa, following their side's Champions League exit to Real Madrid.

Nani will get at least a one-match ban for the red card he was shown for a high tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa but could face a longer suspension.

Manager Ferguson failed to attend the mandatory post-match news conference - an offence that can bring a touchline ban.


Ferguson was furious with Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir over the red card shown to Nani, a decision he felt swung the tie in Real's favor.

Given new energy by the distraction, Real Madrid scored twice after Nani's departure to win the second leg 2-1, securing their place in the quarter-finals.

Ferguson subsequently said it was "hard to keep faith" in the face of such incidents, and that it was the third time during his tenure that United had been knocked out of the Champions League as a direct result of what he felt were poor decisions.

In addition to a touchline suspension, Ferguson could also be fined or warned about his future conduct.

Rio Ferdinand escaped punishment by Uefa for his conduct at the end of the game, when he applauded sarcastically in the face of Cakir at the final whistle.

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