Bayern Munich chief blames ref after Man United draw?

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Bayern Munich chief Matthias Sammer angrily claimed last night that Antonio Valencia should have been sent off during the Champions League quarter-final tie at Old Trafford.

Having already been yellow carded, Valencia steamed into a tackle on Jerome Boateng in the second-half, but evaded further disciplinary action from the referee. Later on in the game Bastian Schweinsteiger was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence on Wayne Rooney, and Sammer believes that the two should have been treated in the same way.

Speaking after the match, in which United managed to hold on to 1-1 draw which has set up an enthralling second-leg in Germany next week, the Bayern sporting director gave his thoughts on the game overall, but was quick to point out that he believed both teams should have finished with only ten men on the pitch.

According to the Evening Standard Sammer said: "If you apply the same standards then I don't know how Valencia stays on. If the referee has a policy, then he must go through with it. There's no question that what Schweini did was a foul, but with Valencia there was also several fouls and his outstretched leg against Jerome Boateng. At this level you have to apply the same standards."

The result of the match will have surprised many pundits, with most people tipping Bayern to have virtually sealed the outcome of the tie by the end of the first encounter. However David Moyes will travel to the Allianz Arena next Wednesday knowing that his side have a very realistic chance of going through if they can produce a repeat performance.

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