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FA Charges Sir Alex Ferguson Over Comments Made After Tottenham Match

January 29th, 2013 at 3:00 PM
By Glenn Hamilton

The FA has charged Sir Alex Ferguson with misconduct after the comments he made about linesman Simon Beck after the Tottenham match. Ferguson is being charged with breaching rule E3 in which he implied that the match official was biased.

'Manchester - Old Trafford - Manchester United vs Crawley Town' photo (c) 2011, Andrea Sartorati - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ferguson blasted linesman Simon Beck after Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Tottenham nearly two weeks ago. The Scot was upset that Beck did not award United with a penalty from a challenge on Wayne Rooney and said the linesman had a "shocking" game. The United manager also pointed out that his club had suffered before with Beck as he was the linesman that did not wave Didier Drogba offside when he scored a match winning goal for Chelsea in 2010.

The FA statement read, "The FA has today [Tuesday 29 January] charged Sir Alex Ferguson in relation to post-match media comments made following Manchester United's game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 20 January 2013. It is alleged the Manchester United manager breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias. Ferguson has until 4pm on Friday 1 February 2013 to respond to the charge."

This will be in no way new territory for Ferguson who has had plenty of run-ins with the FA in the past. It is not yet clear what actions the FA plan to take but a fine and possible touch-line suspension seem likely. 

Tags: FA, Manchester, Manchester United, Premier League, Simon Beck, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer, Tottenham

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