Ferguson wants change to appeal rules

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants UEFA to consider taking retrospective action on bookings as well as red cards in Champions League matches.

Ferguson was incensed that Darren Fletcher was booked for diving by Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca instead of a penalty being awarded in the thrilling 3-3 draw against CSKA Moscow.

"You can't appeal a yellow card. I can understand in domestic football that it could get lost in the system," said Ferguson.

"But in European football it is crucial because, later in the tournament, to miss a really important game because of that is unfair. They should look at that but they won't. I cannot believe the decision (of the referee). Okay, it is human error, but it was one of the worst in my lifetime."

Antonio Valencia scored the equaliser in stoppage time at Old Trafford to secure United's place in the last 16.

United were facing their first home defeat in 23 Champions League games after finding themselves two goals down to the Russians early in the second half.

Wayne Rooney, whose wife Coleen gave birth to baby boy Kai on Monday, was then introduced and - according to CSKA coach Leonid Slutski - changed the face of the game.

Paul Scholes pulled a goal back in the 84th minute and Valencia secured a vital point when his shot took a deflection to wrong-foot superb goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Ferguson said: "Wayne hadn't had much sleep. I would have preferred to leave him on the bench. He was a safety player that we knew we could have played if we needed him - he was there.

"I think his energy and confidence was very high. He makes an impact. He is such a good player and is always capable of scoring. He was a wee bit unlucky."

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