United ready to appeal Rooney, Scholes cards
Manchester United have already declared their intention to appeal against the charges which could land Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes with three-match Premiership bans.
The Football Association have confirmed they have finally received the referee's report into the dismissals of Rooney and Scholes during the friendly encounter with FC Porto in Amsterdam on Friday.
If the charges of violent conduct and serious foul play are not overturned, the pair will miss the trip to Charlton on August 23, plus the home encounter with Watford on August 26, then, most crucially, the Old Trafford clash against Tottenham on September 9.
United have been given until Friday afternoon to lodge an appeal and have privately indicated they will definitely be contesting the charges at a hearing which is likely to be held next Tuesday.
By that time, at least the FA will have been able to fully absorb a massive 23-page document which landed at Soho Square from their Dutch counterparts this afternoon.
While the Dutch appear to have dragged their heels submitting the paperwork, no-one could accuse them of being less than thorough.
Aside from the observations of referee Ruud Bossen, there were also full reports of both incidents from both assistant referees and the fourth official.
Despite this, it still seems certain Rooney at least will have his punishment quashed, although, with the FA having to either clear the player or make him serve a suspension, Scholes' situation is not quite so promising.