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SAF avoids touchline ban

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson avoided a touchline ban for failing to appear at a press conference after Manchester United's controversial defeat by Real Madrid. The Scot did not attend the mandatory press conference afterwards, but was hit with a £8,500 fine rather than a ban, while Nani received a one-game suspension for his dismissal.

A UEFA statement read: "Manchester United FC midfield player Nani has been suspended for one match by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body, following the red card he received at the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid CF at Old Trafford on 5 March.

"Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined 10,000 for non-fulfilment of the post-match media obligations at the same match."

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