Date: 16th August 2007 at 10:52am
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Sir Alex Ferguson has told sky sports news how Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘provoked’ into head butting Richard Hughes when he was sent off ‘my take is that he was provoked. He’s fallen into the trap and he’s paid the penalty for it.

‘He was surprised at the decision. But Steve Bennett has sent him off before, and I think he took great delight in sending him off too.

‘So it was a missed opportunity of staying on the pitch and winning the game against 10 men’.

I agree Fergie, the winker was provoked into it so it makes it okay, bad Mr Bennett!

There might not have been a great deal of contact with Hughes, who may well have been ‘provoking’ him into what he did but the simple truth is you cannot put your head to another players and expect to get away with it!

Players are responsible for their own actions, so as harsh as it might have seemed, by the letter of the law Steve Bennett, who personally I cannot stand as a referee, had little option and sent him off, as he would have to a Pompey player – and as frustrated as I would have been it would have been the right call and one I would have had to accept – as I am Sulley Muntari’s red card.

Muntari would have more cause for complaint as maybe he was a touch unfortunate with his two yellow cards, but again although maybe he could have got away with just a talking too as opposed to his second yellow, he did dive in so left Bennett with little option did he? His past reputation probably went before him, but he will have to learn not to lunge into players in such a way, as it will keep going against him.

He will now miss the Chelsea game I believe, which will see him missed immensely but he will learn from this – as he will have to!

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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