Fergie fumes at soft red card

10 January 2010 12:26
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thought Darren Fletcher was unlucky to be sent off in the closing stages of Saturday evening's 1-1 draw at Birmingham City. The Scotland international had been booked for a crunching challenge on Lee Bowyer before clipping the heels of Cameron Jerome after the Blues striker had run past him on the halfway line. Ferguson fumed: "Darren's not that type of player. I thought it was a terribly soft sending-off, he's barely clipped him. The boy was already falling. I don't think you'll see a softer sending off." However, Ferguson was happier with Mark Clattenburg's decision to let United's equaliser stand after the linesman had initially flagged to suggest a United player was offside. Clattenburg rightly ruled that Scott Dann had turned the ball into his own net. Ferguson added: "It's an obvious own goal and the referee had to allow it. I don't know what the linesman thought. "It was clearly an own goal and the linesman flags for offside. I don't know what to say about that."

Source: ESA