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"It didn't warrant a red card"
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Friday, 7 January, 2000, 08:53 GMT
Ferguson defends Beckham

beckham Ferguson and Beckham look on during the second half

Sir Alex Ferguson blamed the Necaxa players, and not David Beckham, for the England midfielder's World Club Championship sending off.

Beckham received a red card two minutes before half-time in the 1-1 draw between the European champions and their North and Central American counterparts.

The Mexican players tried to get him sent off and the referee has reacted to that
Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson claimed there was nothing wrong with the high challenge on Necaxa's Jose Milian.

And the United boss said Argentinian referee Horacio Elizondo only produced the red card because of the Necaxa players.

"The reaction of the Mexican players got him sent off," said Ferguson.

"The referee reacted to the Mexican players and that's disappointing.

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"It was a 50/50 ball and they both had their feet in the air.

"But the Mexican players tried to get him sent off and the referee has reacted to that."

United must now win Saturday's game against Brazilian side Vasco da Gama to have any chance of winning the competition.

yorke Dwight Yorke with Octavio Beccaril of Necaxa
Beckham will miss that match, and possibly United's final group game with South Melbourne.

A Fifa disciplinary committee will meet in the next day or two to decide the length of Beckham's ban.

United were already behind to a 15th-minute free kick by the time Beckham was sent half.

Both sides missed penalties, including a 78th-minute effort from Dwight Yorke, before the striker equalised eight minutes from time.

"We showed a lot of character, though obviously there is a little bit of disappointment for Becks," said Yorke.

"We dig deep as team. It's a never say die attitude we have at United and we showed that today."

I'm one of those people who just keeps going and luckily enough I got a chance to redeem myself
Dwight Yorke
Yorke's penalty miss came just four minutes before he scored.

"I thought I struck the penalty well but the keeper guessed right and saved it," said Yorke.

"But I'm one of those people who just keeps going and luckily enough I got a chance to redeem myself.

"I'm pleased we got something out of the game tonight because I think we deserved that."

Ferguson was delighted with Yorke's leveller, but felt his side played well enough to get all three points.

"I think maybe we deserved to win the game actually, but when you have 10 men and you're 1-0 down you have to be happy with a point."

Bosnich's penalty save was crucial
The manager was also unhappy after he was ordered from his technical area in the second half.

"I threw my hands up when they never gave us a free-kick for a challenge on Dwight," he said.

"I was two feet in front of where I should have been and it was just over-reaction from the guy, but I don't want to say too much about him."

Meanwhile Necaxa coach Raul Arias felt his side should have built on their lead before United's late fightback.

"The biggest mistake we made as a team was not to score the goal when we had control of the game," he said.

"We were better physically prepared than Manchester United to deal with the heat and I'm disappointed we didn't win."

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