Fergie won’t face UEFA action

Ferguson claimed referee Nicola Rizzoli was pressured by the Bayern
players into showing Rafael a second yellow card and the Bundesliga
side went on to secure a Champions League semi-final spot on away
goals. Ferguson said after the game: “The young boy showed a bit of
inexperience but they got him sent off, everyone sprinted towards
the referee – typical Germans.” UEFA today confirmed there will be
no disciplinary action taken against Ferguson for his remarks. The
remark did rankle with Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, however, who
reacted by saying: “I thought England was noted for fairness but
that’s not what I call fair play. I think Sir Alex was
disappointed.” United keeper Edwin van der Sar backed up Ferguson’s
point of view by claiming the referee was not intending to produce
a yellow card until the Bayern players put the pressure on him. Van
der Sar said: “The sending off was a little bit hard to take. “They
surrounded the referee straight away when he fouled him, and it’s
obvious they know who is on a card or not and they are very good at
that. “I thought initially the referee wasn’t going to do it but
they then put some pressure on him and he got the card out. “It’s
obvious that was the turning point of the game. It was 40 minutes
to go and just too long to hold on.” Meanwhile Portuguese winger
Nani, whose two goals looked to have secured a last-four spot until
Bayern’s fight-back, said United have to make a last supreme effort
to overhaul Chelsea and Arsenal in the title race. United’s first
task is at Blackburn on Sunday and Rovers are in a good run of
form. Nani said: “We have to concentrate for the last games and do
everything we can to try to win the league. “We have to be
confident because we are a big team and we have ambition. We want
to win the league. “I will try to keep my concentration up and try
to do the same as I have for the last couple of games. I want to
help my team to win the league. “I was so happy to score two goals
and my performance was good, so it is disappointing that we have
not passed through to the semi-finals. But that is football – it
happens, and we have to continue to work hard to try to win
trophies.”