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RIO FERDINAND WILL NOT FACE UEFA ACTION
SportingPreview.com: 7 March 2013

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Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand will not face UEFA disciplinary action for sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

The former England defender confronted Cakir after he sent off Nani during the Champions League last-16 match against Real Madrid which United lost 2-1 for a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

After receiving the referee's report however, UEFA will take no action against Ferdinand.

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A UEFA spokesman said: "From the report we have received from the referee we will not take any action apart from the disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United for the red card of Nani and for post-match media obligations not being fulfilled."

UEFA yesterday opened disciplinary proceedings against United over the non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations after the defeat.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson reacted angrily after Nani's sending 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.

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

Yesterday's statement from UEFA insisted 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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