Darren Fletcher’s hopes of a reprieve from Uefa following his red card in the Champions League semi final against Arsenal have been dashed.
The Scot will now miss the final after Europe’s governing body confirmed that there is no appeals process, even though he seemed harshly dealt with by referee Roberto Rosetti.
The Italian adjudged Fletcher to have fouled Cesc Fabregas, although the United player only made contact with his opponent after he had won the ball.
United were pinning their hopes on the referee admitting to making an error in his official match report but Uefa have insisted that even if that turns out to be the case, the sending off will stand.
A spokesman said:
Manchester United have the right to protest the decision within 24 hours of the match.
However, the protest is only admissible if the referee made an error and mistakenly identified and cautioned or sent off the wrong player.
There cannot be an appeal against a factual decision taken by the referee and there is nothing to indicate that the referee made a mistake in identifying Fletcher as the player he penalised last night.
After Tuesday’s game, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described the prospect of Fletcher missing out on the final, against either Chelsea or Barcelona, as “a tragedy.”