Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could be facing an FA charge over scathing comments made about linesman Simon Beck folloing his side's match with Tottenham on Sunday. The comments were made in reaction to Beck not flagging for what Ferguson perceived as a clear penalty on striker Wayne Rooney.
United's match ended in a 1-1 draw on Sunday against Spurs but Ferguson was left fuming over a tackle by Tottenham defender Steven Caulker on Rooney in the box. Replays showed that a penalty could have easily been given but linesman Beck did not flag for it even though the challenge was right in front of him and the match referee did not award a spot kick to United.
Ferguson said that Beck had a shocking and poor game and that United suffered on his side of the field where calls were concerned. The Scot also brought up an old wound when he pointed out that Beck was the linesman that did not flag Didier Drogba offside (when he was) back in 2010. The former Chelsea striker's goal would prove to be the winner and a vital goal in the title race that season.
The FA has confirmed that they have contacted Ferguson and the United manager will have until 6PM on Thursday to respond to their request. If the FA rule that Ferguson's comments were harmful to Beck's integrity, there is no doubt that the United boss will face a fine and possible suspension. This is, by no means, the first time Ferguson has found himself in trouble with the FA for comments made about math officials. Ferguson most recently served a five match ban in March of 2011 for the same reasons he now faces a possible charge with the FA. Ferguson has already escaped punishment by the FA for approaching match officials on the field during United's match against Newcastle earlier this season.
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