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UEFA OPEN DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST MANCHESTER UNITED
SportingPreview.com: 6 March 2013

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UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United over the non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations after last night's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

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.

And with the one-man advantage, Madrid came back to win 2-1 on the night, 3-2 on aggregate. Ferguson was reportedly too 'distraught' to address the media after the defeat. His assistant Mike Phelan attended the post-match press conference instead.

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A Uefa spokesman said: "There are no issues for us regarding the sending off. We will wait for the official reports of the match delegate and the referee's observer. If they raise concerns we will act.

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

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

Today'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.

Ferguson is due to speak to the media on Friday ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea.



The UEFA spokesman was quoted in Sportsmail.


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