29/08/2008 22:02, Report by Nick Coppack
Scholes faces ban
Paul Scholes will miss Villarreal’s visit to Old Trafford on Champions League Matchday 1 after being sent off in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday night.
The 33-year-old earned his marching orders in the 89th minute when he propelled Wes Brown’s cross into the Zenit St Petersburg net with his hand.
Referee Claus Bo Larsen showed Scholes a yellow card, just as he had earlier in the match for a reckless challenge in midfield.
Article 18.01 of the UEFA Super Cup regulations state:As a rule, a player who is sent off the field of play is suspended for the next match in a UEFA club competition.
Before learning of Scholes’ impending ban, Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson sympathised with the midfielder, suggesting “it was maybe an instinctive thing, it’s a bit unfortunate”.
The manager also highlighted some of the over-zealous tackling that took place during the match.
Anderson and Carlos Tevez also picked up bookings in Monaco, although these cautions do not carry forward into the UEFA Champions League.