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Sir Alex Ferguson conveyed his obvious fury at the controversial sending-off on Sunday of Rafael da Silva with an outright refusal to talk about referee Mike Dean.

Rafael was dismissed for a second bookable offence when he clipped the heel of Benoît Assou-Ekotto in an innocuous challenge that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp compared to the infamous Zola Budd-Mary Decker incident at the 1984 Olympics.

Ferguson previously incurred a £10,000 fine and two-game touchline ban for confronting Dean after a match against Hull during the 2008-9 season and, following the loss against Chelsea last April, he said, “when I saw Mike Dean I did worry”.

“I don’t have to discuss the referee,” said Ferguson. “You can see that for yourself. It’s out of my bounds now, thank God.”

Rafael had been shown his first yellow card for a more serious challenge on Wilson Palacios and, subject to a possible appeal from United, he will now be suspended for the match against Birmingham on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney was booked for the way he loudly protested his team-mate’s sending-off, with Rafael also kicking out in the direction of a pitch-side microphone as he angrily made his way to the tunnel.

It is understood that the Football Association will not consider further sanctions against Rafael for his behaviour as he left the pitch unless it is included in Dean’s report.

Redknapp had only sympathy for the 20 year-old Brazilian. “It’s harsh,” he said. “He was trying to get out of the way. He has never broken his stride and stuck a leg out saying ‘I’ll trip him’.”

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