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Last Updated: Monday, 19 April, 2004, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Three-match ban for Scholes
Paul Scholes (right) clashes with Doriva
Scholes confronted Doriva in the game against Middlesbrough
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been given a three-match ban by the Football Association.

Scholes was charged with violent conduct after a push on Middlesbrough's Doriva during a game in February.

The England midfielder has decided not to appeal, meaning he will be available for the FA Cup final against Millwall on 22 May.

However, he will miss United's next three Premiership games against Charlton, Liverpool and Blackburn.

He will return for the encounter with Chelsea, which could be crucial in the race for second place in the Premiership.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had already predicted Scholes would be banned for three matches and criticised the FA for its treatment of his players.

"There is a scenario for every club in the country and another one for us," he said.

"We expect Paul to have a difficult hearing. Put it this way, I don't think he will get the same hearing as other players get."

Referee Paul Durkin did not include the tussle between Scholes and Doriva in his report after the match, but television replays highlighted the incident.

Ferguson said: "The referee was only five or six yards away. He said he didn't see it. It was something and nothing really."




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