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'The worst I have ever seen'

Alex Ferguson has once again let rip at a referee after a game of football, claiming that match official Olegário Benquerença’s decision to book Darren Fletcher for diving during Manchester United’s 3-3 draw with CSKA Moscow was the worst he had ever seen, ever. No exaggerating there then.

‘It was unbelievable. For what reason would a player six yards out even think about that? You can't appeal a yellow card, that's the problem.

‘In domestic football it could get lost in the system but in European football it is crucial because, later in the tournament, to miss a really important game because of that is unfair. Uefa should look at that, really, but they won't. It is a really bad mistake. OK, it's human error but it is still a bad mistake.

‘I can't believe it. I watched the camera by the side of the dugout and it is the worst I have ever seen in my lifetime – unbelievable.’

United were 3-1 down when the yellow card for Fletcher’s ‘dive’ came, but fortunately for Fergie’s blood pressure they scrambled a draw in a frantic finale. Meanwhile fellow Premier League side Chelsea advanced to the knockout stages following a 2-2 at Atletico Madrid, with both Didier Drogba and an impressive Aguero bagging braces.

In the other big games of the evening, AC Milan drew with Real Madrid 1-1 at the San Siro, Bayern Munich lost 2-0 at home to Bordeaux, leaving them out of the knockout stages, while Marseille hammered FC Zurich 6-1 at home, meaning both Madrid and Milan are genuinely at risk of not qualifying. Interesting times indeed.

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