FA Cup semi-final

Scholes facing three-game ban

April 17, 2011
By ESPN staff

Paul Scholes will miss Manchester United's top-of-the-table clash against Arsenal after being sent off in their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Man City.

Paul Scholes
GettyImagesManchester United's Paul Scholes sees red after a collision with City's Pablo Zabaleta

Scholes was given his marching orders for a thigh-high challenge on Pablo Zabaleta during the second half of his side's 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Manchester City at Wembley.

A dismisssal for violent conduct carries an automatic three-match suspension, ruling him out of United's trip to Newcastle in midweek as well as a home clash against Everton on Easter Sunday.

The suspension would also see him miss the match which could decide the destination of the Premier League title when United travel to Emirates Stadium on May 1.

Scholes had only just returned from a two-match ban for collecting 10 yellow cards, and his manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted the referee had no option but to send Scholes off.

"Paul Scholes is capable of doing these things,'' said Ferguson. "We have seen it before from him. He is a winner. He went in initially to get the ball. When it bounced up, he went too high. It has happened and we live with it because he has given us some great moments in his career.

"We've seen over his career, Paul has had unbelievable moments. "He is one of the greatest players this club has ever had. But he has his red mist moments - he caught the boy on his thigh."