Thursday, March 07, 2013


In his face: Rio Ferdinand claps sarcastically at the referee at Old Trafford

Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand will not face disciplinary action from UEFA for sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir at Old Trafford after Real Madrid knocked out the English Premier league side out of the Uefa Champions league on Tuesday night

Ferdinand confronted Cakir after his decision to send off Nani during the 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.

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.'

It would be recalled that Wayne Rooney was sent off in 2005 after being shown a second yellow card when he sarcastically applauded referee Kim Milton Nielsen during a 1-1 draw against Spanish side Villarreal

Meanwhile, UEFA's disciplinary body will assess whether Nani's red card for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa was worthy of punishment beyond an automatic one-match ban.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to speak to any media following the match, which breaches the obligations set out in UEFA's Champions League regulations.

No United player spoke to the media either, which also contravenes the competition rules.

Furious: Sir Alex Ferguson failed to appear for his post-match conference
UEFA's rules on post-match media obligations state: 'Both clubs must make their manager/head coach available for this press conference.

'All players of both teams are obliged to pass through the mixed zone in order to conduct interviews with the media. Players must fulfil interview requests from audiovisual rights holders before conducting interviews for their club media platforms.'

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