UEFA may impose a ban on Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson may be handed over a touchline ban from UEFA for not making it to the post-match press conference after his team’s painful 2-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in the 2nd leg fixture of Champions League. He was said to be too distraught to face the media by the assistant manager Mike Phelan, after winger Nani was controversially sent off by the referee Cuneyt Cakir during the match, resulting in his team’s exit from the Champions League.
The decision regarding the extension of Nani’s suspension, who was red carded during that match, will also be taken along with Ferguson’s this Thursday, when both the cases are scheduled to be heard.
There are a number of sanctions like caution, financial penalty or a one match ban and more, which can be imposed upon Ferguson by UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body. A UEFA spokesperson stated, “It can be a warning, a fine or not being allowed on the bench. We will have to wait and see.”
However, considering Ferguson’s career till now, in which he coached the Reds for over 200 matches in Champions League and never failed to attend the post-match press conference throughout the phase, he may not be handed a touchline ban.
UEFA, under its procedures, has asked United to give their feedback on both the cases, before they file them on 12th March.