Souness to appeal Neill booking

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GRAEME SOUNESS has urged referee Uriah Rennie to review the yellow card issued to Lucas Neill for diving in Blackburn's 1-1 Worthington Cup draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

If the booking stands it will mean the Aussie defender, who collided with Mikael Silvestre in the box shortly before the end of the match, sits out the return leg at Ewood Park and Souness feels that would be unjust.

"Whether it was a penalty or not, after seeing the replay there's no way he (Neill) dived," said Souness.

"Lucas is not a diver and he's got his body in front of Silvestre. It can't be a booking if they look at it properly."

Neill himself was optimistic the booking could be overturned, adding: "Hopefully the referee can have a look at it, because that's me suspended for the return leg with five yellows. So hopefully he can do the right thing."

Souness saw Rovers come from a goal behind to salvage a draw at Old Trafford but felt it could have been more.

"We played well and it would have been unfair not to have taken something from the game," added the Scot.

"I thought we coped with what they threw at us very well, we kept the ball quite well on a difficult pitch against a very good team.

"I am a wee bit disappointed but we've kept the tie alive."

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged Blackburn deserved a draw but felt a lot of decisions went against the home side. 

"They deserved their result there's no question about that. They played good football, they showed good confidence and played very well," said Ferguson. 

"It was a funny atmosphere actually. It didn't seem to be like the semi-final of the cup to me. It lacked the passion that you've seen over the years and it never got going really for me. There will be a lot more passion in the game up there.

"We need to win at Blackburn but I think we are capable of that.'

Ferguson was disappointed about refereeing decisions on the night and felt Rennie gave the visitors more than their fare share of fortune.    

"It didn't look to me that the boy (Neill) dived but I certainly thought that Blackburn got the majority of the decisions so I don't think Graeme can complain about the referee," added the United chief.