Uefa offer Champions League lifeline to Darren Fletcher

Ollie Irish

8th, May 2009

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… But Man Utd midfielder will still miss the final
obama-hope.gifUefa will discuss Darren Fletcher’s red card, which at least gives some hope to the Scot, who is currently suspended from the Champions League final.
An official Uefa statement confirmed that they “received a submission from Manchester United FC concerning the red card shown to the club’s player Darren Fletcher in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Arsenal FC in London on Tuesday. The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will meet on Monday to deal with this case.”
However, I don’t see how Uefa can set a precedent in Fletcher’s case. If they do, then surely Barcelona would argue that Eric Abidal deserves a reprieve too. And so on, and so on. Even Alex Ferguson is pessimistic: “We have to do it for Darren and sometimes in these situations, you never know. But I don’t think it will be overturned. The referee made an honest decision.”

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  1. Kipp says:

    I think an argument could be made that would nullify the Abidal sending off issue. Fletcher was sent off for what was a straight red because it was a foul. Now if we argue that it wasn’t a foul a red would never have been appropriate.
    Apply that to Abidal, he committed a foul, the referee (if we can still call him that) harshly viewed it as a red card offence.
    Fletcher’s was a mandatory red card, abidal’s was discretionary. I’m thinking too hard again aren’t I.

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