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Fletcher will miss European final

Italian referee Roberto Rosetti shows Darren Fletcher a red card
Fletcher was shown a straight red card with 15 minutes left and United 3-0 up

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will miss the Champions League final after Uefa rejected an appeal against his red card in the semi-final.

The 25-year-old was controversially sent off in the second leg of United's 4-1 aggregate win against Arsenal.

Italian referee Roberto Rosetti sent Fletcher off for what he saw as a foul on Cesc Fabregas and awarded a penalty.

Barcelona's Eric Abidal and Dani Alves will also miss the final after Uefa turned down their appeals.

Abidal was sent off for a trip on Nicolas Anelka in the semi-final against Chelsea, while Alves picked up a yellow card for a challenge on Ashley Cole, ruling him out of the final.


Uefa initially said there was no right of appeal unless the referee had made an error in identifying the player.

As this was clearly not the case, United asked Uefa to review the decision on "compassionate" grounds and allow Fletcher to face Barcelona in Rome.

United have ruled out any further attempt to overturn Fletcher's ban.

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