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Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce face FA charge over ref attacks

05 Oct 2009 10:21:35

Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce face FA charge over ref attacks

Ferguson has been given a week to respond after the FA's disciplinary and governance unit reviewed the tapes of his post-match interview with MUTV, the club's in-house television station. FA guidelines do not prevent managers discussing or criticising the performance of referees, but questioning their integrity, implying bias or engaging in what could constitute a personal attack transgress new, more stringent guidelines introduced this season.  Related ArticlesGive us a break, FergusonThe Daily Bung: Cesc's kiss goodbyeSir Alex Ferguson facing FA chargeSam Allardyce unrepentant for referee rantWatch Ukraine v England live onlineOnce his response is received, the FA will decide whether to charge Ferguson with improper conduct, and is likely to rule on a punishment most likely a fine before the end of the month. Speaking after Anton Ferdinand's late own goal earned his team a scarcely warranted point, Ferguson, who had directed an extended tirade at fourth official Mike Dean during the game, insisted: "There should have been another 30 seconds of time added, but he [Wiley] was walking up the pitch after the goal, needing a rest. He just was not fit enough for a game of that stature. "The fitness of both sets of players, the pace of the game, demanded a referee who was fit. He is not fit. It's an indictment of our game that we see referees from abroad who are as fit as butchers' dogs. We have got some good referees in our country who are fit, but he was not. He was taking 30 seconds to book a player as he was taking a rest." Wiley, who caused controversy during last month's Manchester derby as he laughed and joked with Ferguson on the touchline deep into injury time, is believed to have been offended by the comments, with one source describing him as being "very upset". The 49 year-old, eligible to officiate because of European legislation introduced in 2006 which prevents his employer, the Professional Game Match Officials Board, forcing him to stand down on grounds of age, has an impressive fitness record. Recent tests showed he covers around 11.5km during a game, as do most of his colleagues. It is believed the game's governing body is keen to see action taken given the personal nature of Ferguson's comments. While a touchline ban is one possible sanction, it is unlikely. Ferguson has been fined several times for his comments over the performances of officials, while the FA is determined to clamp down on disrespectful comments from managers. Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez was charged with improper conduct after his tirade at referee Phil Dowd following his team's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham on the opening day of the season. Benítez had suggested "with this referee, it is impossible to get two penalties" in one game. Meanwhile, Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce will not be punished for his comments following his side's 6-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. Although Allardyce was scathing on the subject of referee Peter Walton's performance claiming the 49 year-old failed to penalise the hosts for an apparent trip on David Dunn by Thomas Vermaelen inside the penalty area his comments were not found to have transgressed FA guidelines. "It was a blatant penalty," Allardyce fumed after the game. "There is no doubt in my mind that the position of the referee was excellent. He just did not, unfortunately, give the decision in our favour. "It is human beings in a very big pressure position. You have got to get the major decisions right otherwise you do not stay in this league very long. Not as a manager or a player, so as a referee you have to be judged the same. "They are fully professional now so if they are not good enough, we should find someone who is." EmailPrint .at15t_email {display:none !important;}Share|tweetmeme_url = 'http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/manutd/6260909/FA-asks-Manchester-United-manager-Sir-Alex-Ferguson-to-explain-his-Alan-Wiley-comments.html';tweetmeme_style = 'compact';tweetmeme_source = 'TelegraphNews';Email|Printhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/manutd/6260909/FA-asks-Manchester-United-manager-Sir-Alex-Ferguson-to-explain-his-Alan-Wiley-comments.htmlTelegraphNews Man Utd


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