The FA have wilted so often in the face of celebrity, no one can be surprised that their hands were tied in this case.
This is not a cheap shot at Ferguson, but a heartfelt plea to the FA to sort out their wholly inadequate system for dealing with managers from someone who was routinely abused and regularly had his integrity questioned.
Let down: Wiley will be enormously disappointed by the FA's ruling
Look at the way Rafa Benitez tried to ridicule Phil Dowd by offering him his glasses as Liverpool lost at Spurs in their season opener.
Two months later the FA warned Benitez as to his future conduct, since on the same day they had let Neil Warnock off after he had done exactly the same at a Crystal Palace match.
All too often referees tell fourth officials to 'cock a deaf 'un' to the criticisms of the manager within the technical area. Why? Because match officials know that the governing body can take months to deal with such incidents and in the meantime they cannot officiate that team.
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So how does Alan Wiley feel this morning after reading that the man who questioned his professionalism will serve a two-match touchline ban, but will still be able to sit just behind the technical area and communicate with his coaching team throughout the 90 minutes?
He is not the first referee to have been let down by the FA and until they change their disciplinary procedures he certainly will not be the last.
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