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Last Updated: Monday May 11 2009 17:02 GMT

United star WILL miss Euro final

Darren Fletcher

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will NOT be allowed to play in the Champions League final.

Fletcher was sent off against Arsenal in United's semi-final win, and when a player gets a red card he is banned.

TV replays showed that Fletcher got the ball in the tackle he was sent off for, so Manchester United appealed to European football bosses Uefa.

But Uefa said the original ban will be upheld, so Fletcher will miss out when United play Barcelona on 27 May.

The Spanish side have also got some problems with suspensions, as two of their best players are banned too.

Barca bans too

Eric Abidal was sent off in Barca's semi-final against Chelsea, and Daniel Alves was given his third Champions League card of the season. They are both banned for the final.

Barcelona appealed to Uefa at the same time as United to try to get their players cleared for the final too, but were also told the players would remain banned.