Platini backs Mascherano punishment

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UEFA president Michel Platini believes last weekend´s sending off of Javier Mascherano was the "right thing" and has backed the Football Association´s clampdown on dissent.

The Liverpool midfielder was sent off after confronting referee Steve Bennett in the Reds´ 3-0 defeat at Manchester United - his dismissal coming just days after the outrage generated by Ashley Cole´s behaviour towards Mike Riley, who did not red card the Chelsea left-back.

Platini said: "Mascherano got a yellow card for running at the referee, which is correct. He won´t do it again now. What the referee did was good, it was the right thing to give him the second yellow card."

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