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.”