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Rio awaits verdict on 'applause'


Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand. Phot: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand. Phot: REUTERS/Phil Noble


Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand. Phot: REUTERS/Phil Noble

RIO Ferdinand was likely to find out today whether he would face disciplinary action for sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

UEFA have already confirmed they have opened a case into Alex Ferguson failing to carry out contractual post-match media obligations, in addition to an assessment of whether Nani's red card is worthy of punishment beyond an automatic one-match ban.

But Ferdinand (below) is yet to hear whether he will face punishment for his reaction to the 2-1 defeat, which he believed was caused directly by Cakir's decision to dismiss Nani for a debatable challenge on former Liverpool man Alvaro Arbeloa.

While there were some suggestions Ferdinand would not face any action, it has to be remembered Wayne Rooney was sent off by Kim Milton Nielsen in 2005 when he did exactly the same to the Dane during United's encounter with Villarreal.

And given how Ferguson is feeling about UEFA just now, nothing would surprise him.

"UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United FC for (the) red card of Nani (and) post-match media obligations not fulfilled (under) III 2.6 and 2.7 of the competition regulations. The case will be dealt with by the UEFA control and disciplinary body on Thursday, March 21," read a statement from Europe's governing body.

There will be an element of Ferguson feeling it is damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Such was the United manager's anger at Cakir he could not trust either himself, or his players, to speak to the media without saying something that would land themselves, and their club, in very hot water indeed.