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Some Hope For Fletcher!

Following the disgraceful decision to send Darren Fletcher off for winning the ball against Cesc Fabregas, we were told the only way Fletcher could get off with it was if there had been a case of mistaken identity, which there clearly hadn’t.

The Uefa general secretary, David Taylor, has today given United some hope though, suggesting that the case should be referred to UEFA’s disciplinary body for review.

“The likelihood is we’d refer it to our disciplinary body,” he said. “They’d look to see if there were any special circumstances to justify any departure from established procedures.”

Fingers crossed for Fletch!

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26 Comments

  1. spacemanspiff says:

    Fingers, toes and everything else crossed.
    We need Fletch for the final because looking at the way Chelsea’s midfield stuffed out Bacelona, we need both Fletch and Anderson to be running at Xavi and Iniesta and denying them space to distribute the ball.

  2. pipmc05 says:

    about time too . . . bring on video ref’s

  3. pawaka21 says:

    please…let fletch play in the final…for me he is one of the most improved player in united squad this year. shame if the red card not rescinded….

  4. costas says:

    I think United and Barca should make a joint appeal about Fletch and Abidal.Alves was rightfully booked but these 2 players are missing the biggest game of their lives because of incompetent refereeing.

  5. Rog says:

    As an Arsenal fan who was at the game the other night I hope that Fletcher does get a reprieve. I thought he was outstanding in both games and although it was/wasn’t a penalty I think it would be a tragedy if he couldn’t play. Likewise Abidal last night who should never have been sent off. It pains me somewhat to say it but well done Man Utd, you thoroughly deserved the victory and perhaps there may even be some good come out of it for my club in highlighting our shortcomings, which some of us have been banging on about for a couple of years now.

  6. five says:

    Fingers crossed…COME ON DAZZA

  7. costas says:

    Thanx Rog.Hopefully as you say this will be a wake up call for Arsenal.They need 2-3 more players with Arshavin’s experience.

  8. seanmc26 says:

    I used to be one of Fletcher’s biggest critics but in the last three seasons he has been very consistent in preforming well.
    I’ve even started to think could we possibly seeing the emergence of a new Roy type player.

  9. THIS_IS_MANCHESTER says:

    Should we thank Abidal for getting a red and making UEFA open their eyes? I bet they so want Barca to win they want to overturn that red to help them out but if they do his they have to fo Fletchers!

  10. keanesmagichat says:

    rog
    fair play mate… it was a bad decison.. horricle for fletch, did you notice the difference in the way he took his injustice in comparasion to drogba, terry, ballack et al last night?

  11. costas says:

    Guys i was just listening to the commentary of the last night’s goals.APart from usual Andy Gray-ish stuff of “take a bow son” after Essien scored, i loved his reaction to Iniesta’s goal.”Oh no” or “oh god” or something like that!

  12. Rog says:

    KMH. Yes, I did notice that Fletcher took it with dignity despite what he must have felt was an injustice, as opposed to Drogba and the rest of the Chelsea bovver boys. In fact I think that both the ManU v Ars games were played in a sporting spirit and I noted the way that Anderson came on after the game with a conciliatory hug for our rather dejected team. Yes, Costas, I agree that we need a more experience. Arshavin has proved a big bonus but the question we are all asking is “Will Arsene do it?” If he did I think 3 or 4 top players and a little more ruthlessness in selection would see us offer you a stiffer challenge next year. Good luck in the eternal city!

  13. theboogeyman says:

    @keanesmagichat:I was thinking about the same thing.You missed Abidal,though.He behaved absolutely disgracefully.Fletch took his injustice and decently walked off.Also,the fact that we were by then certain to reach the final would have made it worse for Fletch,whereas Barcelona were still one-nil down at the time of Abidal’s sending-off.

  14. costas says:

    Wenger has said that he thinks a player is “old” at 27.So in fairness he will not go down the Arshavin road too often.It’s not bad fielding young players because they become more experienced.The real question for Arsene is why he felt that Hleb and Flamini had to go.They had become experienced enough and they would have given us a bigger test this year than Song and Nasri.But next year both players will be more experienced.

  15. wazza says:

    if UEFA rescind the red card it has to be for both Fletch & Abidal or as it stands.fingers crossed though !

  16. Haakon says:

    So when Abidal got injusticed, NOW UEFA are going to look at it. What a load of bollocks.

  17. Pooja says:

    What ever , I think we should thank Abidal for taking the red. If anything I’d rather both Fletcher and Abidal in the final ,than not having Fletch.

  18. Manchester united forever says:

    @pooja.-agree with you that fletcher will be a bigger miss than abidal. As already some people have pointed out it is crucial for him to play as he provides us a fighter and he has played a great role in protecting our back four this season.
    As for last night i really hope chelsea don’t get anywhere near champions league final for atleast 10 years.their behaviour was horrendous they acted like thugs especially drogba .Even carlton palmer said in his post match analysis that it was a disgrace and drogba’s a cheat..

  19. Brian G says:

    Both Ballack & Drogba displayed attitudes that are creeping into the British game.

    Petulence and diving are becoming common place in our game.

    If the F.A, P.L and indeed F.I.F.A and U.E.F.A must take a stance to eradicate such un-sportsman like actions with lengthy fams, like for 3 months and should include domestic as well as International and European games.

    The only further point I’ll make is KARMA. Chelsea groundstaff and players, (wasn’t Drogba involved here too) fabricated evidence against a Manchester United player who received a lengthy ban. Yes indeed justice has been served or KARMA seen to be a fact.

    As for the ‘unfair’ sending off of Darren Fletcher surely E.U.F.A must investigate the case fully. Interview Cesc Fabregas, he appears to be an honest individual, look at the video of the incident and consider the dignity with which Fletcher accepted his unfair red card compared to the disgraceful antics of Drogba & more so Ballack, who by touching the referee is guilty of assault and should alsohave been given his marching orders.

    E.U.F.A MUST in the name of justice recind the red card awarded to Fletcher!

  20. Brian G says:

    MANCHESTER UNITED SHOULD PREPARE AND SUBMIT A CASE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS APPEAL COURT!!!

    E.U.F.A MUST, in the name of justice and fair play, recind the red card unfairly awarded to Darren Fletcher! Fletcher displyed admirable restraint and dignity and did not confront, abuse or even question the referee.

    Now, both Ballack & Drogba displayed attitudes that are creeping into the British game. Childish petulence and diving are becoming common place in our game.

    The F.A, P.L and indeed F.I.F.A and U.E.F.A must take a stance to eradicate such un-sportsman like actions with lengthy bans, like for a minimum of 3 months WITH NO SAKLARY TO BE PAID DURING SUCH PERIOD and should include domestic as well as International and European games. Hit the pockets of these cheats.

    Further the other point I’ll make is KARMA. Chelsea groundstaff and players, (wasn’t Drogba involved here too) fabricated evidence against a Manchester United player who received a lengthy ban. Yes indeed justice has been served or KARMA seen to be a fact.

    As for the ‘unfair’ sending off of Darren Fletcher surely E.U.F.A must investigate the case fully. Interview Cesc Fabregas, he appears to be an honest individual, look at the video of the incident and consider the dignity with which Fletcher accepted his unfair red card compared to the disgraceful antics of Drogba & more so Ballack, who by touching the referee is guilty of assault and should also have been given his marching orders.

    RECIND THE FLETCHER RED CARD E.U.F.A and display justice, honesty and compassion to a real sporting gentleman.

  21. Devilton says:

    If it happens it will also be followed by Abidal having his red card overturned. I have absolutely no doubt that if UEFA bend the rules it will also favor Barca. and will probably be considered only to help Barca.

    Hope it does though. Both Fletch and Adidal were dealt harsh red cards though i hope only fletch gets his overturned. ;)

  22. suhayl says:

    Not going to happen people…all frivilous and futile. UEFA are stubborn bastards…and they know if they ever ate humble pie…it would open such a pandoras box…that every tom dick and harry would start appealing for any yellows or reds…and that would just become a massive greay area and quagmire.

    And when will people realise. ABIDAL AINT NO FLETCHER CASE.

    Anelka tripped yes. Abidal got a wrong red yes. HOWEVER ABIDAL YES ABIDAL TRIPPED DOGGY, PULLED DOGGYS SHIRT FOR A CLEAR PEN IN THE BLOODY FIRST HALF. HE WAS LAST MAN AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN RED CARDED THEN. SO IN THE END HE PLAYED 30 MORE MINS THAN HE SHOULD HAVE DONE. HIS JUSTICE WAS DONE.

    Our Fletch was wholly innocent and didnt get away with anything!!!!!

  23. wazza says:

    suhayl got to agree with you.even i can never see the red card being overturned.surely the cunt Platini will make some changes for next season

  24. alpha_rs says:

    I have just seen the decision again and yes Fletcher does take the ball first but he also brings Fabregas down after doing so who could have swung his right boot at that most likely resulting in a goal. That denied him a goal scoring opportunity. I think if he touched the ball and put it out for a corner he wouldn’t have been sent off. I think that is how UEFA will see that decision. I know I am probably gonna come in for criticism on here for that but I don’t think that claiming he touched the ball will be enough. He didn’t move it far enough away from Fabregas.

  25. kapti14 says:

    just sooo sad for fletcher. forget about the fact that will we miss him or not.

    THIS PLAYER HAS GIVEN SO MUCH THIS SEASON IN EVERY GAME HE HAS PLAYED, HE DESERVES TO PLAY IN THE FINAl

    it was no way a penalty he gets the ball then fiberglass falls down.

    just so stupid sometimes look at diego for werder bremen wont play in the final coz of referees and stupid uefa rules.

  26. suhayl says:

    Alpha + Kapti…very much agree

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