Fergie handed 8.5k fine for refusing to speak and Nani banned for one match for red card which led to Champions League exit
16:11 GMT, 22 March 2013
16:16 GMT, 22 March 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined 8,500 for refusing to speak to the media after Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
According to his assistant Mike Phelan, Ferguson was 'too distraught' to fulfil his media commitments after United went out of Europe 3-2 on aggregate following Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's controversial decision to show Nani a straight red card in the second half.
The Portugal winger was also banned for one match by UEFA yesterday, although he could have faced a three-game suspension if a disciplinary commission had deemed his challenge on Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa to be violent conduct.
Anger: Ferguson remonstrates with the fourth official after Nani's red card
A statement read: 'Manchester United
FC midfield player Nani has been suspended for one match by UEFA's
Control and Disciplinary Body, following the red card he received at the
UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid CF at
Old Trafford on 5 March.
'Manchester United head coach Sir Alex
Ferguson has been fined €10,000 for non-fulfilment of the post-match
media obligations (Annex III, paras 2.6 and 2.7 of the competition
regulations) at the same match.'
His No 2 Mike Phelan revealed at the time that the manager was too 'distraught' to attend the interviews.
Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa