'Unfit' referee Alan Wiley back in action at Wigan against Manchester City
Wiley was castigated by Ferguson following his performance in Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Sunderland, the manager claiming that the official's lack of fitness was "an indictment of our game". Wiley is understood to be upset at the attack and, at the weekend, Ferguson released an unreserved apology for his comments. Related ArticlesFerguson needs 'severe' punishmentWiley stats dampen Ferguson claimsPatrice Evra's swipe at LiverpoolFA asks Ferguson to explain referee commentsFerguson to write FA letter of apologyFerguson is still facing criticisms from several quarters and could still face a Football Association charge, and Wiley's position on the referees list has not been affected. However, Manchester City manager Mark Hughes may not be pleased with the appointment. Wigan play City at the DW Stadium on Sunday, less than a month after Hughes complained about the behaviour of Wiley, who was fourth official at the Manchester derby. City were unhappy with Wiley for shooing away Hughes when he questioned where all the added time had come from. Then Wiley stood laughing with Ferguson after Michael Owen's 96th minute winning goal. At the time Hughes said: "Everyone in the stadium knew the time allotted. I would like an explanation why more was added on but I rather doubt I will get it. The fourth official said time was added because of our goal celebration but that lasted only 45 seconds."
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