Date: 21st December 2008 at 6:32pm
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Nemanja Vidic’s red card means he’s likely to miss the first leg of our European Cup last 16 clash against Inter Milan. The Serbian defender was sent off against LDU Quito in the World Club Championship.

Fergie had no complaints, admitting that the referee had no choice but to flourish the red card.

‘He didn’t swing an elbow but he gave the referee no chance. He was correct to produce the red card.

‘Vida is disappointed but he gave the referee no option.

‘We were in a comfortable situation too. The two centre-backs were having their easiest game for weeks.’


I don’t quite agree, to be honest: he did not swing the elbow, it was just there and the guy made a right meal of it. There was no intent involved, it wasn’t a deliberate attempt to hurt him. If the referee deemed it dangerous, then all right but a yellow would have been a suitable punishment.

And of course there’s another thing…

‘We have been informed if there is a suspension it will be in the European Cup,’ said Sir Alex.

‘It was a soft sending off. But it depends how FIFA interpret it and how UEFA act in terms of the information they get.’

So, he’ll get a ban for getting sent off in a competition in which Inter, our next opponents, did not participate. I think this is an unjust system, to be honest. It’s quite the same like when Scholes and Rooney were banned for three league games after getting sent off in a pre-season tournament… not quite the level playing field we expected.