Catalans keen on red card compromise

Barcelona are believed to have appealed to UEFA to overturn Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher's red card against Arsenal in the Champions League semi-final second leg.

And in return, the Catalans will be permitted to field full-backs Daniel Alves and Eric Abidal in the European Cup final, who are also set to miss the Rome clash after picking up suspensions in their semi-final encounter against Chelsea.

European football's governing body have already set down a new precendent after agreeing to look at Fletcher's challenge at the Emirates Stadium, with UEFA rules previously stating that dismissal's can only be reversed in cases of mistaken identity.

And Manchester United's appeal has since been followed by a similar request by Pep Guardiola's side, keen to be able to field as strong a side as possible in the May 27 showpiece.

“I’d like to see all of them play in the final, that means Fletcher, Abidal and Dani Alves,” Guardiola said in The Times.

“We should see if we are able to make some kind of agreement with Manchester United. Fletcher got a touch on the ball and as far as Abidal is concerned, the foul given against him was not a foul. They should both be allowed to play.”

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