Thursday, 7 March 2013
Rio Ferdinand: No action to be taken by UEFA
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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will not face disciplinary action after sarcastically clapping referee Cuneyt Cakir at the end of Tuesday night's game with Real Madrid, UEFA has confirmed.The United defender was unhappy with the decision of Cakir to send off Nani after 56 minutes when Sir Alex Ferguson's side were in the lead.
Real went on to secure a 2-1 victory in the last-16 second leg clash at Old Trafford to advance 3-2 on aggregate and Ferdinand expressed his displeasure at the final whistle.
But after evaluating the referee's report of the game, UEFA have decided not to take the matter any further.
"From the report we have received from the referee we will not take any action apart from the disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United for the red card of Nani and for post-match media obligations not being fulfilled," said a UEFA spokesman.
Wayne Rooney was not so fortunate after he was sent off in 2005 after being shown a second yellow card for sarcastically applauding referee Kim Milton Nielsen during a 1-1 draw against Villarreal in the Champions League.
UEFA's disciplinary body will also decide if Nani's dismissal for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa is worth more than an automatic one-match ban.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could be in trouble for refusing to speak to any media after the game, which breaches UEFA's Champions League regulations.
It was completely a one-sided game,as Nigeria dominated from the start of the game till the end; as early as the fourth minute, the goal-fest started with Chinwendu Ihezuo getting to end of a cross to bury home Nigeria’s opener for the game.
It did not take long before Halimat Ayinde made it 2-0 after just eight minutes. The one-way traffic continued, and within two minutes Nigeria added two more goals to make it four.
The impressive Yakubu who constantly marauded the Azerbaijan’s left back,made it three while Tessy Biahwo scored the fourth goal.
Nigeria scored an additional three goals going into the break to make 7-0,with Ihezuo already getting a hat-trick.
The second half began in similar fashion for Nigeria,and it did not take long for Ihezuo to get her fourth of the game and subsequent goals from substitute Joy Bokiri and Biahwo ensured that Nigeria gave the host country a demoralising 11-0 defeat.
The five goals Ihezuo got in the game elevated her goals tally in the competition to six goals and she is now in contention for the golden boot award.
Azerbaijan only had one shot on target through out the game as against Nigeria’s 28 shots on target,and the Asian country hardly troubled Nigeria’s goalkeeper Gift Andy who barely touched the ball in the second half.
Nigeria with that scoreline equalled the 11-0 record South Korea has, over fellow Africans Gambia.
The Flamingoes needs just a draw in their last group game against Colombia to advance to the next round.