FOOTBALL NEWS

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.

Super Cup regulations

Article 18.0

As a rule, a player who is sent off the field of play is suspended for the next match in a UEFA club competition.

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