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

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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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIOctober 20, 2016

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...

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