Ferguson handed four-match ban after comments in Sunderland match

12 November 2009 03:10
SIR Alex Ferguson was today handed a four-match touchline ban for his comments about referee Alan Wiley after Manchester United's 2-2 draw against Sunderland.[LNB] Two of the matches will be suspended until the end of next season, while United boss Ferguson was also given a £20,000 fine by an FA regularity commission for suggesting Wiley "just wasnt fit enough" to officiate in the Barclays Premier League after last month's game.[LNB] Peter Griffiths QC, who chaired the commission, said: "Each member of the commission recognised Sir Alex Ferguson's achievements and stature within the game.[LNB] "Having said that, it was made clear to Sir Alex that with such stature comes increased responsibilities.[LNB] "The commission considered his admitted remarks, in the context in which they were made, were not just improper but were grossly improper and wholly inappropriate.[LNB] "He should never have said what he did say."[LNB]

Source: Northern_Echo