Manchester United vs. Real Madrid: Rio Ferdinand Should Face Action over Antics

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 6, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 13:  Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 13, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could reportedly face punishment following his actions toward referee Cuneyt Cakir after their loss to Real Madrid.

Cakir was berated by United players after the final whistle for his controversial sending off of winger Nani, when the Red Devils were leading 1-0. United went on to lose the match 2-1 thanks to goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, which led to many United players confronting the official.

According to reports from The Telegraph, those players—led by Ferdinand—could receive sanctions from UEFA regarding their unsportsmanlike behavior.

Rio Ferdinand must wait until referee Cuneyt Cakir files his match report of Manchester United's controversial defeat against Real Madrid before discovering whether he faces action for sarcastically applauding the Turkish official following the game.

In the furore caused by the dismissal Ferguson berated Cakir, an Istanbul insurance agent, before the official was surrounded by United players at the end of the game. Ferdinand was the most vociferous in his protests as he vigorously applauded Cakir in a post-match confrontation...

And frankly, so he should.

Ferdinand is a veteran of the game and well-reputed defender, who knows exactly what is right and wrong when it comes to behavior regarding officials.

The argument will be made that his actions were simply in the heat of the moment and outside of normal circumstances, but to be honest, that is secondary. No player—especially not a well-known player like Ferdinand—can act like that toward an official and expect to go unpunished.

It would not be allowed had it been a lesser-known player. Neither should it be washed over here because it's Ferdinand.

In the player's defense, he did show some maturity to come back and apologize to the officials. The England international made a point of shaking the hands of both the referees and his assistants, and that could be his saving grace here. Even still, the veteran defender should not be allowed to act like he did and escape punishment from it.

Trust me, from personal experience, this is something that you wouldn't have heard me say this time Wednesday. But the truth is, what Ferdinand did was wrong, and—apology or no apology—he has no excuse or suitable reason to be acting the way that he did.

World football is already suffering enough at the moment with racism and match-fixing scandals dominating the headlines. The last thing that anybody needs is for another scandal and controversial issue to plague the sport and the beautiful game that we all know it can be.

Ferdinand needs to be made an example of here and face punishment for his actions to ensure that such antics do not become a pattern in world football.

Same thing goes for Victor Valdes.


Should Rio Ferdinand face punishment for his postgame actions?

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