The media did make quite a big deal about it at the time. Perhaps they moved on quicker when Fergie admitted Neville should have seen red. It doesnt give the press anywhere to go with the story.
However, if you look at Wenger's comments you get the usual. "Cesc didnt mean it, it wasnt a red etc etc". Didnt count for toffee when Shawcross broke Ramsey's leg with his bad challenge. Quite certain he didnt mean to injure Ramsey, evident by his reaction in the weeks after.