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Judgment Day: Sir Alex Ferguson Faces Deadline to Answer FA Inquiry Following Comments About Official

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has never been shy about speaking his mind, but his recent comments about an official has prompted an inquiry by the Football Association.

The inquiry revolves around comments that Sir Alex made after the team’s 1-1 draw on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur.  Linesman Simon Beck missed what appeared to many to be a clear penalty when Spurs defender Steven Caulker challenged Wayne Rooney in the penalty area.

After the match, Ferguson was pointed with his words about Beck.  He said that “The stand-side linesman [Beck] didn’t give us a thing all day.  For me it was a poor performance by him. Why he never saw the penalty kick from Wayne Rooney and some other decisions … ”

“We remember him well from his time at the Chelsea game when Drogba was three yards offside and he gave onside.  He had a shocking game. I’m disappointed in his performance, I really am. He had a bad game and we never got anything on that side of the pitch.”

Ferguson’s comments certainly will do nothing to help his image, one of a man that is known to share his pointed opinions regarding matches, officials, and even players, With that said, the man is known to be a great mentor to players on his squad and a very charitable man. He has regularly participated in charity events related to the team and has even prompted his team to do so. One of those events was the recent Red Devil’s charity poker event won by defender Jonny Evans. The event drew headlines in recent weeks as several stars took part in a televised charity game that donated money to an Irish hospice.

Ferguson is looking at a potential touchline ban and maybe even a fine should the FA decide that he is questioning Beck’s integrity.  Sir Alex received such a ban in March 2011 after he questioned the integrity of Martin Atkinson in a March match against Chelsea.  He was fined £30,000 and received a touchline ban for five matches.

Rio Ferdinand is one player who has come out publicly to defend his coach, albeit he did so in a less aggressive tone.  In an interview with MUTV, Ferdinand stated that “It was 100 percent penalty.  I cannot believe he didn’t give it.  The linesman (Beck) didn’t really help us on the near touchline at all in the second half especially.”

The Red Devil’s manager has until Thursday at 6pm to answer the FA’s inquiry regarding the matter.  Should they not like his response, then expect disciplinary action to follow swiftly.

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  1. Yoram Yasur

    January 28, 2013 at 1:12 am

    yes “Rooney was looking for the penalty.”

  2. Shane

    January 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Whats the big deal! Soccer is full of passion and I think it shows a lot of character to snap at the refs, it is good for the sport.

  3. Christian

    January 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

    It really is sad to see someone with SAF’s amazing credentials and accomplishments stoop so low for calls. Any other manager would have faced a ban or some sort of sanction for many of his other outbursts. Enough Alex. Win, lose or draw with the class a manager of your ilk should.

  4. Prinz

    January 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Just read that United have completed a deal for Wilfred Zaha.
    Another overhyped youngster coming to OT for an inflated price, I just hope that United will not become like Liverpool who consistently overpay for Mediocre MID TABLE PLAYERS.
    I’m Coming.

  5. Prinz

    January 24, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Just read that United have completed a deal for Wilfred Zaha.
    Another overhyped youngster coming to OT for an inflated price, I just hope that United will not become like Liverpool who consistently overpay for Mediocre MID TABLE PLAYERS

  6. Prinz

    January 24, 2013 at 2:50 am

    It’s appaling when people say oh its SAF, HE ALWAYS GETS AWAY WITH EVERYTHING without looking at the facts, for me it was a clear penalty which Beck refused to spot. At least we all know that Drogba was miles offside, Fergie will have a go at him so that he won’t have anything to do with games that involves United in the near future.
    I’m Coming.

    • Sluggo

      January 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      It’s funny how all the Mancs use the Drogba offside goal to show how Utd is always wronged by the referees’ decisions. They all must have stopped watching the match at that point, because none of them remember that just 2 minutes later, Macheda scores a handball goal that is allowed to stand. I’ll give you Drogba’s goal back, if you take Macheda’s away. Final score: Man U 0 – Chelsea 1. Happier now?

  7. Smokey Bacon

    January 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Rooney was looking for the penalty. The referee had the best view. I think it was 75% dive with 25% contact. The idea that its an instant penalty anytime someone breathes on you in the box is ruining the game. If that’s the case there should be a penalty at every corner kick.

    I think Fergie was feeling the cold after being made to sit in the snow all afternoon and reacted like most old people by having a good moan. He probably wants to sit in stands for few games so he can stay warm.

  8. Marc L

    January 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    So Wayne Rooney does his 50-times-yearly dive in the penalty area and does NOT get a call?

    The real inquiry should be as to what was going on here. Is my boy Mansour kicking some secret millions over to Simons Beck somehow? I mean, I hope so, but something of this nature is the only thing fitting the fact pattern presented.

    So get with it FA. Leave the sainted and infallible SAF alone. Find out what is REALLY afoot here.

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