Man United defender Rafael fined over referee rage

Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva was fined 8,000

pounds ($12,700) Friday by England’s Football Association for his

reaction to being sent off last weekend.

The Brazilian right back confronted and appeared to swear at

referee Mike Dean after he was given a second booking for tripping

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto in Sunday’s 0-0 draw.

The 20-year-old Rafael apologized for his actions and pleaded

guilty to a misconduct charge. He is banned from Saturday’s match

against Birmingham but escaped further sanctions.

United manager Alex Ferguson joked that he could get around

Rafael’s ban by pretending he was twin brother Fabio instead.

The identical 20-year-old players have confused match officials

during their time in England, with referee Chris Foy booking Fabio

instead of Rafael at Barnsley last season.

”I could play Rafa and say he was Fabio quite easily,”

Ferguson quipped. ”There is no way they could know. Probably they

have the same DNA. Maybe it wasn’t Rafael who was sent off last

week? It is definitely a thought.

”The referee booked the wrong one at Barnsley, so one day you

could play one in the first half and the other in the second.”