Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand will not face Uefa disciplinary action for sarcastically clapping the referee Cuneyt Cakir at the end of their Champions League last-16 defeat to Real Madrid.
The Manchester United defender confronted Cakir after his decision to send off Nani during the game which United lost 2-1 for a 3-2 aggregate defeat.
UEFA last night launched a probe into United’s conduct at Old Trafford, including Ferdinand’s show of dissent.
But European bosses have today dropped Ferdinand’s case, although they will still look into United’s behaviour and boss Alex Ferguson’s post-match media snub.
A UEFA spokesman said: “From the report we have received from the referee we will not take any action apart from the disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United for the red card of Nani and for post-match media obligations not being fulfilled.”