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Sir Alex Ferguson and Nani await disciplinary news

Nani was sent off in the 56th minute. Credit: Press Association

Sir Alex Ferguson and Nani will discover what punishments they face from the fall-out of Manchester United's Champions League exit to Real Madrid today.

Nani is expected to get a one-match suspension for the red card he picked up for a high tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa.

Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Press Association

UEFA do have the power to increase that ban, although given the dismissal was widely viewed as being exceptionally harsh, it would be a surprise if it was extended.

Ferguson is in hot water after failing to attend the mandatory post-match press conference, an offence which in extreme cases can bring a touchline ban.


Manchester Utd await UEFA decision

Manchester United are still waiting to discover whether they will face UEFA sanctions following their Champions League exit against Real Madrid.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was so furious at Nani's red card, refused to speak to the media after the 2-1 breaking Champions League rules.

Assistant Mike Phelan carried out the duty instead, admitting he was more likely to adopt a diplomatic stance than his boss.

The gagging order was extended to United's playing squad, who were similarly simmering, so at least UEFA can have no axe to grind on that score.

However, Rio Ferdinand sarcastically applauded Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir after the final whistle and United will need to wait to see if any reference is made to it when the assessor's report lands at UEFA tomorrow.

If the incident is flagged up, Ferdinand can expect to face some kind of sanction.

"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."

– UEFA spokesman


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