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Ferdinand escapes UEFA sanction for sarcastically applauding
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will not face disciplinary action from UEFA for sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir at Old Trafford on Tuesday night following the sending off of Nani and Manchester United's defeat to Real Madrid. The Manchester United player confronted Cakir after his decision to send off the Portuguese winger during the Champions League last-16 match against which United lost 2-1 on the night for a 3-2 aggregate defeat. After receiving the referee's report however, Uefa will take no action against Ferdinand. A UEFA spokesman said: ''From the report we have received from the referee we will not take any action apart from the disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United for the red card of Nani and for post-match media obligations not being fulfilled.'' In 2005, Wayne Rooney was sent off after being shown a second yellow card when he sarcastically applauded referee Kim Milton Nielsen during a 1-1 draw against Spanish side Villarreal in the Champions League.
In The Sun, Eric Cantona praises ex-Red David Beckham and describes the current Paris St Germain midfielder as a “natural born-winner”. Speaking about Becks, who is chasing the treble with his new club, Cantona says: “Big players who have a lot of experience always bring something with them. Beckham might not be able to play in all the games but his experience will be useful. He’s aware that he’s got a natural responsibility, he’s a winner who is capable of getting a message across.”
Elsewhere, many of today’s papers speculate about Wayne Rooney’s future after he was left of United’s starting team for Tuesday’s clash with Real Madrid.