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Wed Apr 23 12:30:50 SAST 2014

Shelvey blames Fergie for red card

TEAMtalk Media | 25 September, 2012 06:290 Comments
Liverpool v Manchester United - Premier League
Jonjo Shelvey of Liverpool argues with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after being sent off during the Premier League match at Anfield on September 23, 2012 in Liverpool, England
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Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of 'grassing him up' after being sent off in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Shelvey received his marching orders for a two-footed lunge on Jonny Evans just before the break at Anfield on Sunday, with Ferguson leaving his seat in the dugout to remonstrate the challenge.

The 20-year-old appeared to have a go at the Red Devils boss as he made his way off the pitch before being led down the tunnel, leading to calls from Fergie for Shelvey to apologise for his actions.

"It was a clear red card, it was dangerous, I don't think he went for the ball," the Scot told Sky Sports.

"Jonny Evans went for the ball, got the ball, and there was no other decision the ref could have given.

Commenting on Shelvey's reaction, Ferguson added: "He was trying to blame me I suppose! He can apologise if he likes. He should do that, he's responsible for his own actions."

The Reds youngster later took to Twitter to defend himself, saying: "I apologise to the fans for getting sent off but no way was I pulling out of that tackle in a game of that importance. I'm sorry.

"I have also apologised to Sir Alex, just where I come from people don't grass people up to get someone sent off."

Asked if Evans should also have seen red for raising his feet in the challenge, the United manager replied: "Jonny went for the ball, he got the ball, that's the important thing. The other lad didn't attempt to go for the ball."

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