UEFA begins proceedings against Manchester United

EUROPEAN football governing body, UEFA, has begun disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United following its Champions League defeat by Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The body is taking action over Nani’s red card and the “non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations” at Old Trafford.

Nani was sent off by Turkish Referee, Cuneyt Cakir in the 56th minute for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa. The English champions went on to lose the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Nani’s red card is subject to a disciplinary review, which will decide whether the automatic one-match ban should be extended.

Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, reacted angrily to the sending off and did not appear for the post-match interviews, with assistant Mike Phelan taking his place.

Phelan explained that Ferguson was not in the right frame of mind to speak publicly so soon after the match, saying, “it’s a distraught dressing room and a distraught manager. That’s why I am sitting here now.”