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HATCHET MAN: Fletcher's red card is hardly a tragedy because replacement Paul Scholes is a better pl
Published : 06 May 2009 08:50:34
Darren Fletcher's suspension for the Champions League final was beingdescribed as a tragedy by the Manchester United camp last night, but itdidn't even come close to that. The reaction was as if somebody had died when in fact the midfielder isgoing to miss a showpiece match as a consequence of his own actions.They should get a grip. Fletcher knows the rules and what happens when you break them. It doesn't matter how nice or well behaved he usually is. You're out of the final: Referee Roberto Rosetti shows Darren Fletcher the red card He must have been aware when he tried to bend his leg around CescFabregas that he was in danger of conceding a penalty and that a redcard could follow. It was a last ditch, desperate challenge and much softer spot-kicks than that have been awarded in the past. It isn't even a sporting tragedy for United. It is not as if CristianoRonaldo or Wayne Rooney will be missing from the Rome final, Fletcheris a player who can be replaced much more easily. More from Hatchet Man... HATCHET MAN: Drogba is daft to big up the likes of Malouda, Ballack and Essien - Barcelona have nothing to fear from them06/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Barca coach insists he'll give a Pep talk and not moan if Chelsea beat them - yeah, right...06/05/09 HATCHET MAN: So Moyes thinks Baines is better than Cole and Bridge...What at? Scrabble? 06/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Bowyer, Carr and Phillips ... all old men who've had their day and will only bring Birmingham straight back down 05/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Spare Stoke but relegate the rest of the bottom eight - they are all complete and utter rubbish05/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Rooney and Evra have their (yellow) cards already marked and would miss the Champions League Final with one more05/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Bigger than Wembley and more convenient - why a revamped Old Trafford must stage the top games05/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Wenger's woeful eyesight is back for everybody to see04/05/09 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE It is a shame for the Scot, of course, and the sight of Paul Scholes inthe dressing room trying to console him must have really brought thathome. Scholes knows all about such a suspension after suffering the same fatein 1999 and it was nine years before he made it back to another final.Oh, and he will probably take Fletcher's place against Chelsea orBarcelona too. Still, it is the thought that counts.