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Alan Pardew: Ferguson Should Have Seen Red for Accosting Officials: The Nightly EPL

Earlier in the day, we reported that The FA decided not to punish Sir Alex Ferguson for accosting referee Mike Dean and the assistant referees at the beginning of the second half of the Boxing Day match at Old Trafford. Referee Mike Dean didn’t note any misconduct in his post-match report, so The FA decided not to take any action.

However, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew came out today and said that he thought Ferguson should have received a red card. And in further news that will rile many supporters in the Premier League, word is that Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp may be punished by The FA for seemingly less controversial incidents (Mancini said that a referee had too much to eat at Christmas, while Redknapp said that the referee in his match should go to a store to buy some new spectacles).

What do you think? Are you outraged? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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  1. Anti Man U

    December 29, 2012 at 6:26 am

    What the…

    Apparently bugging and shouting at three different officials is considered minor compared to
    Raul Meireles accidentally releasing mouth fluid when he told the ref ‘b**ch’
    and jokes about eating too much about Christmas

    Fishy eh? Considering what happened with mark Clattenburg in October…

  2. Bishopville Red

    December 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    It’s been a long time since I tried to figure out how the FA comes to its decisions. It’s not worth the effort to find a pattern in the totally random.

    More than Fergie not getting any sort of disciplinary action, I find it very interesting that Dean didn’t bother to put it in his report. Oh, to be a fly on the wall!


  3. Steven

    December 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Th same referee, Me Dean, gave Wenger a red card for kicking a water bottle. He obvously believes in protecting a water bottle from abuse but not an official 🙂 .

  4. Sean Johansen

    December 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I don’t agree with any manager interfering but it is pretty ironic when a posse of Newcastle officials were doing the same thing later in the same game.

  5. Evan

    December 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Just think, it could have been worse. Ferguson could have said the ref ate too much at Christmas.

    • Mufc77

      December 28, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Didn’t some manager get charged and fined last season or the season before for implying the ref was out of shape and couldn’t keep up with play, I could be wrong but the more I think about it I think it might actually have been fergie.

      • The Gaffer

        December 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

        Sir Alex Ferguson was handed a four-match ban, two of which were suspended, and fined £20,000 for his comments about referee Alan Wiley being out of shape in the 2009-10 season.

        The Gaffer

        • Mufc77

          December 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

          I thought so gaffer.

        • Why?

          December 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm

          And Wiley nearly sued him for defamation of character the ban was for two matches with two suspended this had a lot to do with previous bad behavior concerning officials, which was as mostly and still is poor. Fergie said some well out of order things about Wiley needing to rest and being not fit to ref the game!!! Wiley didn’t ref a Utd fixture again and 9 months later was retired!!! This sort of thing may give you an insite as to hoe fergie gets away with pushing boundries to the limt and why he doesn’t get reported. No doubt Mike Dean et. al would like to continue reffing at the top level for a while so best keep quite. I wonder what happened to the liner that gave the pen wrongly at OT against Newcastle last year? I don’t see him becoming a ref for a long time some how!

          Mancini said ‘maybe he had to much at Christmas’ To much what? Drink? Food? Cigars? Rest? He never said. He certanly never said anything like fergie did on Wiley, no personal attack anywhere. He was asked by a commentator who knew it was foul on Zabletta, if he thought (Mancini) it was and he said yes he didn’t know why the ref missed it not that he was unfit, that he shouldn’t be reffing or that he cheated. Two of these three Fergie didn’t even bother implying but actually said them point blank!!

  6. David

    December 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

    The FA has opened themselves up for trouble. The next time another manager goes after officials the way Fergie did they will have to let it go. If they punish him then they will rightly be accused of a double standard.

    • Mufc77

      December 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Other than going on the pitch to confront the ref he didn’t do anything that isn’t done every week in football. Managers bitch and complain to the linesman and 4 official constantly during the match. SAF can yell and scream all he likes as long as he doesn’t physically touch someone or day something that crosses the line. He told the officials what he thought of the decision and that’s it so are they going to charge him with yelling to loudly. Blame the 4th official for not getting SAF back in the dugout but you can’t charge him for doing something everyone else does.

      Other than confronting the ref before the start of the 2nd half on the pitch the FA don’t have a case.

    • Why?

      December 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      They will report other managers. The problem is that when bad decisions have been made at old trafford or Fergie had a go at them it is a long, long time before they will be back there and as Utd home games have more prestige as most why risk affecting your career by not being given the job there?

  7. Why?

    December 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

    The key is here the officials will not report Fergie so the FA cannot deal with it. Why? They want to ref games at old Trafford if they report him or upset him its known they won’t get the chance again for some time, why that is God knows but something’s wrong there!

    Look at how Chelsea seemed to get rid of ref they didn’t want, naughty but I’ll bet it works.

  8. Frill Artist

    December 28, 2012 at 2:25 am

    That’s rich coming from a manager who doesn’t want to release African players when the African cup comes around. Before, there was the whole injury scam with Cisse. Now with Ameobi. I hope Nigeria sanctions him like Senegal did. What a muppet.

    • M Owen

      December 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

      haha, yup just like how UTD players have been picking mysterious two day flu’s and injuries before the international friendly’s for years now.
      who’s the Muppet now. Ding Dong

      • Jim

        December 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        What!!! You means all those injuries Giggs picked up before Wales friendly’s weren’t real???

  9. Scott

    December 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Maybe it is because I am American but I just don’t see it as a big deal myself. I am used to seeing managers/coaches having heated arguments with officials during games. I do find it ironic though that Pardew says that when him and what was it 3 members of his coaching staff were all over the officials near the end of the game themselves.

    • Mufc77

      December 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

      It’s not what he did its how he did it that’s the problem.

      A manager shouldn’t be on the field in discussion with an official at any point. Disagreeing and yelling at a ref or linesman during the game happens every week but actually going on to the field of play to do it is not right especially when the games not even finished.

    • M Owen

      December 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Scott, even in american sports if a manager or team staff harrass or pressure the officials they get ejected.

      the point here is the FA decided to charge Mancini and Redknapp while deciding Ferguson did not do anything wrong.

      • Scott

        December 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        You can argue heatedly with an official and not get thrown out as well. Usually when someone gets thrown out in American sports its because they crossed one of two lines, questioning the officials integrity, or swearing at them. The ref did not put anything in his match report about that, so it is on him if there was any of that and he didn’t report it.

        As for Mancini and Redknapp being charged, both of their comments call the refs integrity into question.

        If it was more than a heated argument then yes he should have been sent off or Dean should have put it in his match report so the FA could handle it. Neither happened so why are the FA supposed to charge him?

        • Why?

          December 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

          Scott Redknapp’s commented on ‘scandalous decisions for implying something dodgy. Mancini was asked ‘did you feel that in the build up to the goal Zabaleta was fouled’ He said ‘we need to as this to the referee the lineman not me I was there i saw it was a foul big foul, maybe the referee had to much for Christmas’ I fail to see how this is implying a problem with his integrity.

          Neither Manager has been charged as yet they have been asked to explain what they said, I see nothing with Mancini but I think Harry will get fined even though his team was robbed by poor officiating as City were, but He used the word scandalous so he’s got trouble.

          Fergie said ‘it was a bad decision’ which was his opinion even though the goal correctly stood. Like Mancini he is allowed to disagree with the ref. It is what he did in the game that was naughty but if the officals don’t report it then the F.A cannot act the problem is with why they won’t report it.

          Redknapp said different to Mancini and fergie though. They pull Mancini because of the ‘too much at Christmas’ comment as they like me they don’t have a clue what he’s on about but it’s pretty clear he isn’t saying any body cheated just that were wrong in his opinion. You gotta feel for Harry though the pressure he must be under and then to get reffing like that is… well scandalous!!

  10. Mufc77

    December 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Just because Pardew decided to open his big mouth you can be SAF won’t be selling him anymore world class players like Obertan.

  11. RBP

    December 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I’m only bothered by it if other managers are punished for equal, if not lesser, crimes. It’s one thing for everyone to say “Oh, it’s SAF, he always gets special treatment”, it’s another thing entirely to prove it beyond a doubt.

  12. Mufc77

    December 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Who the hell does Alan Pardew think he is talk about SAF like that. When we want Pardews opinion SAF will give it to him. Any more if this disrespectful behavior and Fergie will make sure Pardew gets charged with something.

    As for Harry and Bobby Mankini they should both get 5 game bans for what they said.

    • M Owen

      December 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

      sadly!! i agree that is what will be decided by the Ferguson Association(FA).

  13. MM

    December 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Earlier in the day, we reported that The FA decided not to punish Sir Alex Ferguson for accosting referee Mike Dean

    really, you did not report anything…and if you did you were 13 hours too late

    • MM

      December 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      and change the headline idiots. pardew acosted the refs also. idiots

      • The Gaffer

        December 28, 2012 at 7:24 am

        MM, the headline is The Guardian’s headline, not ours.

        The Gaffer

    • The Gaffer

      December 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

      MM, we reported what The Guardian said earlier in the day minutes after The FA announced they wouldn’t punish Fergie.

      Don’t get your knickers in a twist.

      The Gaffer

      • M Owen

        December 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

        Why do you bother even replying to these idiots…a person with half a brain can see that you are just facilitating news from various news outlets here.
        I guess that’s a Manc fan for you.

        • The Gaffer

          December 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

          Sometimes I wonder why I bother replying myself. I usually try to reply to most readers though.

          The Gaffer

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