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Ferguson facing fines

2010-08-23 10:00

London - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson could be fined by the Premier League after continuing his boycott of the BBC in contravention of a new rule.

Ferguson has refused to speak to Britain's publicly funded broadcaster for six years after it aired an investigation into the business dealings of his son Jason, then working as a football agent. Jason Ferguson has never been guilty of any wrongdoing.

The league tightened its rules this season to insist managers speak to broadcast rights-holders, but Ferguson snubbed the BBC after Sunday's 2-2 draw against Fulham.

"The Premier League is disappointed that the BBC and Manchester United have, as yet, been unable to resolve the issue of Sir Alex Ferguson providing post-match interviews," the league said on Sunday in a statement. "We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and offer any help deemed necessary by either party to try and help remedy the situation.

"However, this is a breach of Premier League rules and the board will consider the appropriate course of action at their next meeting scheduled for late September."

The BBC shows highlights of matches on its popular Match of the Day program, while BBC Radio Five Live airs live commentaries of some games.

"It's a shame - we would like him to speak to us because we respect him and his team, and always have done," BBC presenter Gary Lineker wrote on Sunday in his column in the News of the World newspaper.

"It's not us that suffer from not hearing from Sir Alex Ferguson. It makes no difference to the program because it's action-led. But it does make a difference to the Manchester United fans. They are the ones missing out."

The 68-year-old Ferguson also refuses to speak to members of the written media after Premier League matches, but he does fulfill his obligations for the UEFA Champions League by attending post-match news conferences.

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  • Richard - 2010-08-23 10:27

    Ferguson is an arrogant plonker. He's lost the plot and should have retired to Shady Pines last year.Why wont he speak to the BBC.Where ther"s smoke??!!

  • JulianFaasen - 2010-08-23 10:29

    Good on younSIr Alex. I dont really like you or MUFC, but someone needs to stand up to the media and their endless drivel. Maybe the BBC should apologise for Alex, his son, their family and the world for publically humiliating them with no evidence....

  • Gordon Anderson - 2010-08-23 10:44

    Why would anybody wan't to interview Sir Alex,nobody outside of Scotland understands a word he says anyway!

  • np - 2010-08-23 11:37

    Richard, where there is smoke, sit on it. Cause' it's obvious thats where your brain is. You are not a United fan, thats certain, but dont show how shallow you are.There is nothing wrong with standing up for your rights, does not matter who you are, especially to the media, who can blow everything out of proportion. But, you may be to --------- to understand that.

  • kolo - 2010-08-23 11:54

    Sir Alex shud not be forced by some media houses to personally give an interview.If anything he has an assistant and a captain.long live Sir ALEX.

  • Shaun Beukes - 2010-08-23 12:07

    Hmm Sir Fergies won the most British Manager of the year awards, only manager to win the League title three times in a row (and did that twice!), only the 3rd British manager to win European titles twice, has 11 league titles (more than any other in history) & you say he's a plonker/should retire/nobody wants to hear from him? BOLLOCKS! The BBC & their sensationalist reporting can jump. As JulianFaasen said they should come out and publicly apologise for that scandal which held absolutely no water whatsoever. Good on you Fergie for giving them the finger.. Glory Glory Man United! Onwards to number 19!

  • AntiMedia - 2010-08-23 12:25

    Well done Sir Alex! I'm not an MUFC fan either (LFC man myself), but I am so glad that people of influence are willing to stand up to the rubbish the media gets up to. In this day and age where the media is unethical, morally corrupt, sensationalist and egotistical, the best medicine is to deny them access to information that will sell them newspapers. Don't give them anything to write about. It's laughable to read the Lineker's comment: "It's not us that suffer... they (fans) are the ones missing out". What a joke! If you had competition from a smaller but ethical broadcaster to whom Sir Alex WOULD talk, they would draw the viewers/listeners from your channel (well, debatable, but in theory). So, it actually does matter you idiot!

  • Donut - 2010-08-23 12:37

    Well done Sir Alex! I'm not an MUFC fan either (LFC man myself), but I am so glad that people of influence are willing to stand up to the rubbish the media gets up to. In this day and age where the media is unethical, morally corrupt, sensationalist and egotistical, the best medicine is to deny them access to information that will sell them newspapers. Don't give them anything to write about. It's laughable to read the Lineker's comment: "It's not us that suffer... they (fans) are the ones missing out". What a joke! If you had competition from a smaller but ethical broadcaster to whom Sir Alex WOULD talk, they would draw the viewers/listeners from your channel (well, debatable, but in theory). So, it actually does matter you fool!

  • FMU - 2010-08-23 12:39

    Alex Ferguson is a P0000000000SS!No Disputing that fact!

  • Brad - 2010-08-23 13:08

    Yes Richard, I also heard from the BBC you are a plonker that likes to fantasize about highland goats. Now that I have created some smoke it must be true. Must be a Liverpool supporter........

  • Kingkaizer@Craig - 2010-08-23 13:16

    The English press has created this monster and now it is back to haunt them. I have always detested they way they heap praise on this gum-chewing hag.

  • Jeanette Pallister - 2010-08-24 07:03

    Well done Fergie, BBC a bunch of over paid boring plonkers!

  • Maverick - 2010-08-24 12:49

    It's easy to understand... He's too worried about City to concentrate on any questions the media may ask!!!

  • Richard - 2010-08-26 16:23

    The easiest way for the FA to sort this out is to Dock any offending team with 3 point that they would have gotten had they won the game.Ferguson never talks to the press unless ''The Sacred Cows '' have won the game

  • Ronald - 2010-09-22 07:41

    SIR ALEX DOES HIS TALKING ON THE SOCCER PITCH - I AM A UTD FAN HE DOES TALK NOT TO YOU BUT TO US THANKS

  • Ronald Lawrence - 2010-09-22 07:47

    Sir Alex does not need the press and also Utd. Utd does there talking on the field. the press only twist things around.Why should he retire his hreat is younger than Richard,s

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