UEFA Opens Disciplinary Case Against Manchester United for Real Madrid Fallout

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent IMarch 6, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 05:  Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson reacts after Nani of Manchester United is sent off during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second leg match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford on March 5, 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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UEFA took action against Manchester United Wednesday, opening a disciplinary case against the Red Devils for their actions following their elimination from the Champions League Tuesday.

After United's 2-1 loss to Real Madrid and their subsequent elimination from the Champions League, much of the talk surrounding the blockbuster tie was on the red card shown to Nani for a challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.

At the time of the sending off, United held control of the tie with a 1-0 lead on the night and a 2-1 lead on aggregate with just over half an hour to play.

Soon after the decision was made by referee Cüneyt Çakır, though, the roof caved in on the Red Devils, as they fell 2-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.

At the match's conclusion, United's players and coaches were understandably upset by their elimination, especially given the circumstances surrounding the decision made by the Turkish referee.

Almost immediately after the whistle sounded, Manchester United players were seen having some choice words with the officials, with Rio Ferdinand notably clapping sarcastically toward them.

Afterward, the players walked straight past the media, obviously refusing to talk with them. Further, manager Sir Alex Ferguson took similar action, refusing to take part in his post-match press conference.

It is these actions that have landed United in hot water, as UEFA has taken exception to the club's "non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations" at Old Trafford Tuesday.

The news comes just hours after European football's governing body backed their referee and his decision to send off Nani.

The matter could affect the Red Devils' Champions League campaign next year, with any potential suspensions sure to take effect no sooner than next season.

For United fans, this is a development to keep an eye on as their club regroups for a run in Europe's top-club competition next season.

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