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Ferguson and Nani await UEFA action

Sir Alex Ferguson and Nani will have to wait until Friday at the earliest to find out what punishments they face from the fall-out of Manchester United's Champions League exit to Real Madrid.

After Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir gave Nani a red card which swung the tie in Real's favour and saw United fall from 1-0 up, to eventually lose 2-1, Ferguson did not attend the mandatory post-match press conference, an offence which in extreme cases can bring a touchline ban.

Instead, United assistant Mike Phelan faced the media and said at the time Ferguson was too "distraught'' to conduct the press conference himself.

Ferguson subsequently said it was "hard to keep faith'' in the face of such incidents, and that it was the third time during his tenure United had been knocked out of the Champions League as a direct result of what he felt were poor decisions.

In addition to a touchline suspension, Ferguson could also be fined or warned about his future conduct, but Nani's situation will likely be clearer.

The Portuguese winger will definitely get a one-match suspension for the red card he picked up for a high tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa, but it would be a surprise if it was extended as the dismissal was widely viewed as being exceptionally harsh.

However, after Nemanja Vidic was sent off for a high challenge at Otelul Galati in the Champions League in November 2011 his ban was extended to two games.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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