UEFA launch Man U proceedings

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United over Nani's red card and the non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations during the Champions League.

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Man U may face sanctions over Nani red card reaction

by - Sports Editor

Nani's sending off undoubtedly changed the pattern of last night's game but if you look at the incident, the referee got the decision just about right - whether you think there was intent there or not, it was dangerous.

Manchester United's Luis Nani receiving a red card from referee Cuneyt Cakir. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester United do not agree and they can now complain to UEFA but I think that would be pretty futile, apart from making themselves feel a little bit better.

UEFA said today that they were quite pleased with the referee and did not have a problem with his performance last night.

Ironically though, United who will feel hard done-by themselves, may face sanctions. Firstly because of how Rio Ferdinand behaved at the end of the game - he sarcastically applauded in the referee's face and we do not yet know if it will be in the official's match report.

Secondly, UEFA have actually opened disciplinary proceedings against Sir Alex Ferguson today who was clearly incensed by the sending off and did not do the media interviews he was contracted to do at the end of the game.

Read: Sir Alex Ferguson 'distraught' over Real Madrid defeat.

Man Utd hit with UEFA charge over Fergie no-show

Alex Ferguson was said to be "too distraught" to talk to media after the match
Sir Alex Ferguson was said to be too "distraught" to talk to media after the match Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United could face sanctions from European football's governing body after manager Sir Alex Ferguson failed to give any post-match media interviews following his side's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid last night.

UEFA said it had "opened disciplinary proceedings", citing regulations that require all clubs to offer "their manager and one player" for interview after the match.

A second charge against the Red Devils related to the red card given to winger Nani, UEFA said.

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Turkish referee's streak of reds against British teams

Nani receives a red card from referee Cuneyt Cakir last night. Credit: PA

Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir caused controversy last night night when he sent off Manchester United winger Nani in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid.

Cakir has officiated games involving British teams before and history shows Nani is not the first player he has dismissed.

ITV Football runs through the high-profile recipients of Cakir's reds

Neville: 'Never seen a ground in such disbelief' as last night

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville said he'd never seen a crowd so "open mouthed and in shock" as after the sending off of Nani during last night's Champions League tie:

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Morning all. Been going to OT since age of 5 and I've never seen the whole ground as in disbelief as they were last night at a decision!

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Nani is a player who regularly tries to control a pass like this over his shoulder and its never a red card! Changed the whole game!Poor ref

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The crowd actually weren't angry / weren't shouting they were just open mouthed and in shock!

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Real Madrid knock Man U out of Champions League

Real Madrid have knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League after winning 2-1 at Old Trafford tonight.

The Spanish champions won 3-2 on aggregate after a first leg draw at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores Real Madrid's second goal of the night. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

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