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30/01/2009 16:23, Report by Adam Bostock

Vidic ban confirmed

FIFA have confirmed today that Nemanja Vidic will serve a one-match ban in the Champions League as punishment for his red card in the Club World Cup final.

The Serbian defender will therefore miss the first leg of the last 16 tie against Inter Milan on 24 February. He has also been fined 5,000 Swiss francs, equivalent to just over £3,000.

A statement on FIFA's website reads as follows:

"Under the chairmanship of Marcel Mathier (Switzerland), the FIFA Disciplinary Committee today reviewed a number of cases and decided upon disciplinary sanctions following the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008. 

"Takahiro Futagawa, of Gamba Osaka, following his sending-off in the third place play-off on 21 December 2008 has been suspended for two matches and fined CHF 7,000.

"Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United, following his sending-off during the final of the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup on 21 December 2008 has been suspended for one match and fined CHF 5,000.

"The suspensions will be carried over to the next club competition match(es) at confederation level, as stated in Article 38, par. 2 d) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. Both decisions are not subject to appeal."

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