Manchester United Push For U-Turn On Fletcher's Red Card

Daniel GoochAnalyst IMay 6, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Referee Roberto Rosetti of Italy shows Darren Fletcher of Manchester United a red card during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on May 5, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Manchester United are hoping that something will be done about the red card Darren Fletcher received in their 3-1 (Agg 4-1) victory in Champions League semifinal against Arsenal.

Alex Ferguson hopes that the Italian referee Roberto Rosetti will redeem himself by admitting his mistake.

For those of you who didn't see the match last night (what were you doing?), Fletcher received a straight red card after "fouling" Cesc Fabregas in the United box.

The commentators, the fans, and maybe even Fabregas would admit that it was not a penalty—let alone worthy of a red card.

If the Italian refuses to admit his error the midfielder will miss the Champions League final, one of the biggest games in his career.

It was clear to see that when Fletcher went in for the tackle his foot made contact with the ball and changed it's direction, meaning HE GOT THE BALL.

UEFA can rescind the card if the Italian referee requests, although it would be a very rare case.

Even the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted the decision was "very harsh".

The red card was the only negative part of the night for the current champions. They were leading 1-0 from the first leg and added another three on the night to leave the final aggregate score of 4-1.

Next up for United in the Champions League in either Chelsea or Barcelona in the final.