Should Sir Alex Ferguson Appeal His Five-Match Touchline Ban?
Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t the type of person you want to pick a fight with. After criticizing referee Martin Atkinson’s performance during Chelsea’s victory against Manchester United on March 1, Ferguson got into hot water with The FA today after he was handed a three-match touchline suspension. To make matters worse, the suspension has triggered a previous two-match touchline ban from a previous charge, which he had not served. So now Fergie faces five matches away from the touchline beginning on Tuesday, March 22. Plus, he has been fined £30,000 by The FA.
However, Ferguson has 48 hours to appeal the decision.
Ferguson appealed the initial charge of improper conduct a few days after the Chelsea loss. Some of the things that Ferguson said that got him into trouble with The FA in the first place were:
“You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that.”
“I must say, when I saw who the referee was I feared it. I feared the worst.”
At the time, Ferguson allegedly went against the advice of Manchester United lawyers who recommended that he should not appeal. But appeal he did and Ferguson now faces the five-match touchline ban and a fine. If he decides to appeal these charges, then he may find himself in even deeper water.