Ferguson likely to escape punishment

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Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to escape censure from the Football Association in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo´s red card in the 1-1 draw at Portsmouth, despite the Manchester United manager saying referee Steve Bennett "loved the opportunity to send him off again".

Footballer of the Year Ronaldo was dismissed at Fratton Park for aiming a head-butt at Pompey substitute Richard Hughes six minutes from time after he was pushed him in the chest during a goalmouth melee following a corner.

Ferguson believes Ronaldo fell for Portsmouth´s "intimidation tactics" and castigated the Portuguese international, saying he had only himself to blame for incurring a three-match ban - including Sunday´s Manchester derby at City.

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