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Fergie 'not optimistic at all'

2009-05-08 11:55

London - UEFA will rule Monday on Manchester United's appeal against a red card that has ruled Darren Fletcher out of the Champions League final, although manager Alex Ferguson says he thinks the decision will stand.

Fletcher was sent off for bringing down Cesc Fabregas in the area during's United's 3-1 victory at Arsenal in Tuesday's semifinal second leg. Arsenal scored on the resulting penalty.

United lodged an appeal on compassionate grounds, but Ferguson said Friday he did not have high hopes that it would succeed.

"We have written a compassionate letter to UEFA. We understand the system and I honestly believe that the referee made the right decision at the time. I thought it was a penalty," Ferguson said.

"I'm not optimistic at all. We have to do it for Darren, really. I don't think it will be overturned."

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  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-08 15:33

    OH BOY WHEN FERGIE IS NOT SURE HE SIMPLY REACHES FOR THE CHEQUE BOOK TO BUY THE REF AND A FEW OPPOSING PLAYERS! POOR DROGBA ALMOST KILLED THE LAST REF!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-08 16:14

    I honestly feel that UEFA should do the right thing and rescind the Red card,this was a very harsh decision by the referee.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-08 16:25

    I take you are a Chelski fan and is still in tears , sorry for your loss. What can i say MAN UTD knows how to do the business and get it done...by the way which world are you in ...it's EFT and not cheques.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-08 16:38

    Was without a doubt a penalty because Fletcher caught the man. However you could see he was going for the ball. Yellow Card and penalty should have been the order of the day. Red was useless.

  • Yazeed - 2009-05-08 17:24

    Anomymous, you sound like someone who can manage to get into fight although you are the only person around. I mean, what are you referring to about buying refs and players? You surely do not think those little boys from Arsenal were bought? There really was no need to.

  • Strike - 2009-05-08 17:28

    Anonymous User 5/8/2009 3:33 PM : you know this for a fact?

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-08 18:16

    Yeah cos we all know chelsea dont have a billionaire buying their players, 4-1 comprehensive victory over arsenal yeah the ref was definately bought...please. Chelsea just showed what a bunch of prima donna spoilt hooligans they are. Great advertisement for the kids. Well done you must be so proud...

  • sagren narain - 2009-05-09 12:19

    Drogba and Ballack (if he were back in 41 he would have been a NAZI) must be shown the door for at least 10 games. Psycho's really psycho's

  • Carlsberg - 2009-05-11 10:11

    Typically, the rule that teams may NOT appeal doesn't apply to fergie...

  • Red Devil - 2009-05-11 15:07

    Hey Carlsberg, If you are indeed reading all the papers and want to comment on the Champions, then at least read properly. United have NOT formerley appealed the card. They have written to UEFA, as UEFA suggested in the first place . . .

  • Bonney Moodley - 2009-05-11 15:52

    Darren Fletcher's red card was a bit too much.The quality of referees in most matches are of a poor standard.I am not a MU supporter.I cannot see why the camera cannot be used to make decisions that are quite serious.Cricket does it and it has not damaged the game.It's these poor decisions that cause players to become aggrevated.

  • Sakho Mngomezulu - 2009-05-13 08:13

    I think Man Utd got exactly what they deserved, for the 1st time I've seen referees taking deciding decision against them , however that was too hush to give away the penalty , the up coming final should not be in favour of any side , finals needs good referees ...

  • S8N - 2009-05-15 10:33

    Fletcher made an honest mistake, penalty stands yet not good enough to reach finals, UTD 10 still outplayed Arsenal 11. I do not understand why the hype, come on, Fergie wrote a letter, this is for Darren's sake. Whether he plays or not, the finals will be great. Carlsberg I understand that Man U is closing the gap so now you can't refer to history anymore of being the most successful club. GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED, the Champs keep marching on.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-15 10:48

    Fletcher made an honest mistake, penalty stands yet not good enough to reach finals, UTD 10 still outplayed Arsenal 11. I do not understand why the hype, come on, Fergie wrote a letter, this is for Darren's sake. Whether he plays or not, the finals will be great. Carlsberg I understand that Man U is closing the gap so now you can't refer to history anymore of being the most successful club. GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED, the Champs keep marching on.

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