Sir Alex believes it was a natural reaction to the challenge

One of the hottest talking points of the season so far should came to an end today as Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany learned that his appeal over his red card in the FA Cup Manchester derby was unsuccessful. Chris Foy’s decision to send the City central defender off early in their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United has caused everyone to have an opinion on the matter and predictably the two clubs cannot agree on the referee’s call.

Roberto Mancini claimed after the game that Wayne Rooney’s reaction to the challenge made on his United team mate, Nani, was the reason that the unpopular Foy brandished a straight red card; that sees Kompany banned for four games. However, Sir Alex Ferguson; speaking yesterday at the Ballon d’Or in Zurich; felt that Rooney was within his rights to react to the challenge but has empathy with his managerial counterpart.

“To my mind it was a reckless challenge. I have no complaints about Wayne, I don’t think it was unacceptable. I think it was a natural reaction to a bad challenge.” Ferguson said.

“I can understand where Roberto’s coming from because that’s what happens with players today, they all appeal for penalties or players to be sent off. It’s an unfortunate part of our game.”

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