In a saga that has felt like it has stretched on and on, the FA have finally handed down their punishment to Sir Alex Ferguson. The FA will fine the Manchester United manager £12,000 in relation to comments he made about linesman Simon Beck during his side's Premier League encounter with Tottenham last month.
Ferguson was charged with misconduct after implying that linesman Beck was bias against United when he failed to award Wayne Rooney with a penalty kick. Ferguson, in a post-match TV interview, claimed the decision to give a penalty was a clear and easy one and that Beck had a history with United citing Didier Drogba's offside goal in a league match with Chelsea in 2010.
Ferguson had planned to fight the charge, claiming he said nothing wrong and was not implying bias and even going so far as to suggest that the FA had a personal agenda against him. Ferguson's protests clearly fell on deaf ears as the FA have decided to hand the manager a fine however, the Scot will not receive a touchline ban.
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