Revealed - Why Man United won't be able to appeal Eric Bailly's controversial red card ahead of Europa League final
Manchester United will not be able to appeal against the red card handed to defender Eric Bailly in Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final, confirming he will be ruled out of the final in Stockholm later this month.
Bailly appeared to make minimal contact with Celta Vigo’s John Guidetti in a melee between both sets of players in the closing stages of a dramatic game at Old Trafford, with his United team-mate Antonio Valencia pushing the former Manchester City star to the floor in a heated exchange.
Video evidence may have given United some grounds for appeal, yet Bailly’s hopes of being available for the final have been dashed as UEFA only consider changing a decision made by a referee on the field in a case of mistaken identity.
Referee Ovidiu Hategan sent off Bailly and Celta Vigo’s Facundo Roncaglia, with no option for United to appeal.
“If I was Guidetti, I would be feeling a little bit embarrassed by my action, but you can’t react like that,” declared former United striker Michael Owen.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand was frustrated by the actions of Bailly, as he offered this appraisal.
“Bailly will be devastated,” he told BT Sport. “He will be sitting in that dressing room thinking what was I doing.
“One moment of madness and now I’m out of a Europa Cup final. He won’t sleep tonight.
“He has been the most consistent defender, their best defender. They are going to miss him in the final.”
United manager Jose Mourinho lamented the red card handed to Bailly, as he admitted his side will miss the centre-back in the final.
"I didn't see the incident, but he was phenomenal," stated Mourinho. "The game was emotional until the end for everyone. Some kept control in better ways than others.
"I don't know but I think it was with Roncaglia, right? Roncaglia's not new in these kind of situations and probably Eric was a bit naive.
"We lose a very important player for the final and we don't have many."