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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson slapped with UEFA fine after Champions League exit media no-show

By Alex Bysouth

Sir Alex Ferguson has been handed a fine from UEFA for failing to fulfil post-match media obligations in the aftermath of Manchester United’s Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid.

Ferguson was given an £8,500 fine for breaching UEFA regulations after the tie on March 5.

The United boss instead sent assistant Mike Phelan to speak to the media, leaving his number two to apologise for his absence.

The Scot was infuriated after Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır dismissed midfielder Luis Nani with United holding a one goal lead at Old Trafford.

This result would have seen United into the competition’s quarter-finals, but following Nani’s sending-off Madrid scored twice, eliminating the Red Devils in the process.

In the same hearing this afternoon Nani was given a one match ban for the straight red card he received after a controversial collision with Alvaro Arbeloa.

A UEFA 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 at the same match.”

Ferguson had shown his fury and disbelief at the decision on the touchline and refused to fulfil media obligations afterwards for fear of landing himself in trouble.

United striker Robin van Persie may also face a UEFA backlash after slamming governing body’s decision to appoint Cakir as referee for the crucial clash.

The Dutch forward branded UEFA ‘cowardly’ and blamed the Turkish referee for his sides exit from Europe’s most sought after competition.

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