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21/03/2013 09:23

Papers: Reds' Nani appeal

Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph

United to appeal for leniency
Manchester United have attempted to save Nani from a three-match Champions League suspension by submitting detailed mitigation to UEFA ahead of Thursday’s disciplinary review of the winger’s contentious red card against Real Madrid... Nani will face an automatic one-match suspension as a result of the dismissal, but a UEFA regulatory commission has the power to increase the ban to as many as three games if the challenge on Arbeloa is judged to have been violent conduct. Nani’s case will be heard in Nyon on Thursday, but while United will not be represented at the hearing, the club have submitted evidence to support the Portuguese winger’s attempts to avoid an increased suspension. United will contend that Nani’s challenge was neither dangerous nor intentional, citing the fact that it would only have merited a yellow card had it been judged to be reckless. The club will also point to an incident during the first half of the game, which United lost 2-1 following Nani’s second-half dismissal, when the player made a similar, aerial challenge for the ball that was not acted upon by the referee... Nani, who is on international duty with Portugal ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Israel in Ramat Gan, is expected to discover his fate by 6pm.

Elsewhere, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has described United as a "killing machine", a comment reported in a number of papers today. Of City's season so far, Hart says: "We have done well but we have been up against a killing machine that have kept turning out results no matter what. It is a tough league, it's hard to win games. Unfortunately when we do lose, United stretch that lead and it has been disappointing but we will keep going."

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report Phil Jones is "stepping up his fitness work and setting his sights on an FA Cup comeback against Chelsea". The Reds meet Chelsea in the quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge on Monday 1 April at 12:30 BST.

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