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Nani fears he's on Fergie's wrong side after his foul ban

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London, Feb.12 (ANI): Portuguese and Manchester United football star Nani feels that he has done himself no favours by his two-footed tackle of Aston Villa's Stiliyan Petrov, and believes he has wrecked his peace pact with coach Alex Ferguson by being sent off during the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

The pair had patched things up after the blossoming Manchester United winger blamed Fergie for mismanaging his career.

His three-game ban rules him out of the Carling Cup final against Villa later this month, just when he had finally started to hit top form.

The 23-year-old admitted: "After half-time, I spoke with the coach and he was unhappy with me. That is normal, as tackles like that are not permitted in the Premier League. I accept my responsibility for my actions, though they were not premeditated. I insist that my objective was to play the ball and not the foot of Petrov.

"The incident happened in the middle of the pitch and I don't think I merited being sent off. I am not a violent footballer. My career is in this sport. I wanted to recover the ball and I saw the chance to stop Petrov, The Sun quoted him, as saying.

"Now I am sorry, because I have damaged the performance of my team. I am convinced that had we finished with 11 men we would have won. We have wasted the opportunity to be first in the table. And it is very bad for me, as I have been developing my best form of the season," he said. (ANI)

Story first published: Friday, February 12, 2010, 14:11 [IST]
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