Nemanja Vidic will miss Manchester United's Champions League clash with Inter Milan at the San Siro after being sent off in the final of the Club World Cup against LDU Quito.
The Serbian was shown a straight red card for elbowing Claudio Bieler in the second half of the Red Devils' 1-0 win on Sunday and under FIFA rules the subsequent suspension is carried over to the next match of the club's federation.
In this case that means the next match in a UEFA competition and rules Vidic out the European Champion's trip to Milan on February 24, 2009.
"He will get at least a one match ban." a FIFA spokesman confirmed.
However, with FIFA still to ratify the exact punishment, Vidic could face up to a three match ban. That would rule the centre-back out of the entire Champions League tie with Inter and possibly the first leg of the quarter-final should United overcome Jose Mourinho's men.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson did not believe Vidic used any force in his attack, nowhere near enough to have provoked Bieler's screams of agony. However, the Scot accepts referee Ravshan Irmatov had no choice but to brandish the red card.
"Vida is disappointed but he gave the referee no option," said Ferguson. "He didn't swing an elbow but he gave the referee no chance. He was correct to produce the red card.
"We were in a comfortable situation too. The two centre-backs were having their easiest game for weeks.
"It was a soft sending off. But it depends how FIFA interpret it and how UEFA act in terms of the information they get. We have been informed if there is a suspension it will be in the European Cup."