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19 Jan 2011
MAN UTD DEFENDER RAFAEL ACCEPTS FA MISCONDUCT CHARGE

Manchester United's Rafael has accepted a charge of improper conduct for his actions following his sending off in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Tottenham.

The Brazilian full-back reacted angrily after he was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

He remonstrated with referee Mike Dean and initially refused to leave the field before kicking out at a pitch-level microphone when he finally did.

Rafael, 20, has requested a personal hearing at the Football Association.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to talk about the sending-off of the right-back, who was booked in the first half for a foul on Spurs midfielder Wilson Palacios.

His second caution was for an innocuous-looking trip on Assou-Ekotto which appeared accidental.

United striker Wayne Rooney was booked for protesting against the decision and Ferguson said: "I don't need to discuss that. You can see for yourself. I don't need to discuss the referee."

A statement on the FA website on Tuesday said: "Rafael Da Silva has today accepted an FA charge of improper conduct. The charge relates to his conduct towards match official Mike Dean during United's fixture with Tottenham Hotspur on 16 January.

"Rafael has requested a personal hearing, which will take place before an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday, 21 January."

United will definitely be without Rafael for Saturday's Premier League encounter with Birmingham at Old Trafford.

Should the disciplinary panel feel the defender's conduct to be worthy of further punishment, he could also sit out next Tuesday's trip to Blackpool.

A more likely scenario would be a fine, although it is not beyond the realms of possibility Rafael may receive an even more lenient penalty and walk away with only a warning about his future conduct.

source:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

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