Uefa has rejected Manchester United and Barcelona’s appeals against the suspensions handed out for the Champions League final.

Darren Fletcher was sent off for bringing down Cesc Fabregas in the Champions League semi-finals, and the club asked UEFA to reconsider his suspension for the final on compassionate grounds.

Barcelona had also asked the governing body to reconsider the bans for Eric Abidal and Dani Alves after they were shown cards in their semi-final second leg against Chelsea.

However, UEFA has now confirmed that the appeals had not been received within the 24-hour deadline and that there were no grounds for appeal.

A statement read: “The Control and Disciplinary Body decided not to admit the protest submitted by Manchester United in relation to midfielder Darren Fletcher's red card in the Uefa Champions League semi-final second leg against Arsenal FC.

“Similarly, the Control and Disciplinary Body did not admit Barcelona's protest against the red card of Eric Abidal and the caution of fellow defender Daniel Alves in the semi-final second leg against Chelsea FC.

“All three players are therefore suspended for one UEFA club competition match and will serve their bans when Barcelona meet Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final in Rome on 27 May.

“In reaching its decision, the Control and Disciplinary Body concluded (i) that the protests had not been submitted within the required 24-hour deadline of a match for filing protests – as specified in the disciplinary regulations – and (ii) that even if they had been admitted they would have been rejected as unfounded as there were no grounds for contesting the referees' original decisions.

“The decisions of the Control and Disciplinary Body can be appealed within three days of the dispatch of the written decision.”

United have already stated they will not appeal the matter further and that they accept the verdict of referee Roberto Rosetti. 

"Darren is an honest player and we felt we should do what we could to try and help him become eligible for the Champions League final by initially protesting his dismissal," said a club spokesman.

"However, we respect the referee's decision and we will therefore not be appealing against today's ruling."

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