Ferguson fined, Nani banned after Madrid loss

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was fined €10,000 ($13,000) by UEFA on Friday for failing to fulfill his post-match media duties after a Champions League match against Real Madrid.



Ferguson was incensed at the decision to send off Portugal winger Nani for dangerous play in the second half of the match at Old Trafford on March 5. United was 1-0 up at the time of the red card and ended up losing 2-1 in the second leg of the last-16 match, eliminating the team from the competition.



Champions League regulations compel clubs to “make their manager/head coach available” for a UEFA-run news conference within 20 minutes of the final whistle.



United sent assistant manager Mike Phelan to conduct interviews with television and the written press, and he told the media that Ferguson was too “distraught” to speak.



Nani was given an automatic one-match ban on Friday for the offense, which came as he tried to control the ball and inadvertently planted his right boot onto the chest of Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.



Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir’s decision to show Nani a straight red card infuriated Ferguson, who remonstrated with the fourth official on the touchline after the 56th-minute incident.



Within 15 minutes, Madrid scored through Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo to lead for the first time in the two-legged series.

Read more :
  • Ignore statistics when Federer faces Raonic
    MELBOURNE - Roger Federer has won 17 grand slam titles, Milos Raonic has only ever been to a grand slam fourth round twice previously. At the start of the 2013 season, Federer had won 76 t...
  • Leading players to get their way on doping controls
    MELBOURNE - Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and other leading tennis players calling for increased blood testing in tennis could get their wish in 2013 with the introduction of athlete biologic...
  • Rafael Nadal pleased after ‘difficult’ Barcelona Open win
    Rafael Nadal has praised opponent David Ferrer following the world number two's Barcelona Open title win. The 25-year-old edged out his fellow Spaniard 7-6 7-5 to clinch his seventh title ...
  • Money talking louder than ever in F1
    LONDON - Timo Glock's sudden exit from Marussia has brought into sharper focus an age-old truth of Formula One - that money makes the wheels go round - and highlighted the gulf between cash...
  • Kei Nishikori beats Novak Djokovic in Basel semis
    World number one Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat to Japan's Kei Nishikori in the Basel semi-finals. The Serbian player lost 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 in Switzerland as he went down to only ...
  • No sympathy for Armstrong on social media
    LONDON - Lance Armstrong's televised doping confession has done nothing to restore his shattered reputation, a study of responses posted to the Twitter social media site showed. "What was ...
  • Cooper race announces winners
    The 3rd Annual Mini-Cooper Racing Event was held recently at the Batangas Racing Circuit. This year’s race, “Petronas Philippines Motorsports championships – Philminiracers Classic Mini Rac...
  • Premier League: Everton tear Manchester City’s title hopes to shreds
    Ten-man Everton sounded a probable death knell on Manchester City's title defence with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Premier League champions at Goodison Park on Saturday. Despite the sec...