London, Mar 7 (ANI): Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir, who controversially dismissed Manchester United winger Nani during their Champions League pre-quarterfinal defeat against Real Madrid at Old Trafford on March 5, has been cleared by Europe’s governing body, UEFA.
To make the matter worse for the Red Devils, UEFA will now hit the Portuguese international with at least a one-match ban for his straight red card, the Sun reports.
Defender Rio Ferdinand could also be in trouble for sarcastically clapping in the ref’s face at full-time.
A UEFA spokesman said they would wait for the official reports of the match delegate and the referee’s observer, and if they raise concerns then action would be taken.
United also face a fine for not fulfilling post-match media commitments, despite boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his players being in a highly emotional state after being dumped out of the competition.
At the final whistle, every club has to provide a member of the coaching staff and two players for flash interviews in front of boards featuring the names of Champions League sponsors, the paper said.
United did not do this, although Fergie’s No 2 Mike Phelan spoke later to TV and the Press, it reported.
Nani receives an automatic one-match ban for his red card after catching Alvaro Arbeloa with a high boot, but he will find out on March 21 whether a disciplinary panel will raise that to two or even three games, the paper added. (ANI)