Ferguson warned by FA

2011-05-17 14:49

London - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was on Monday warned by the Football Association (FA) as to his future conduct in relation to recent comments about referee Howard Webb.

Ferguson was charged with improper conduct, relating to his pre-match media comments made about Webb ahead of Manchester United's key Premier League encounter with Chelsea on May 8.

Ferguson is not believed to have offered a significant response to the charge.

And on Monday he has learned he will face no punishment, beyond a gentle reminder not to do it again.

"A Regulatory Commission has today warned Sir Alex Ferguson as to his future conduct," said an FA statement.

"Ferguson was charged with improper conduct, relating to his pre-match media comments made about match official Howard Webb on May 6, 2011.

"The chairman of the commission made the following statement following the hearing: 'This rule was brought in at the start of the 2009/10 season and this was reiterated formally to all Clubs again on 21 October 2010.

'This is a clear breach of the rule and it is the first time such a matter has been placed in front of a Commission."


  • Harold - 2011-05-17 15:18

    Carlo Ancellotti also made comments about the referree before this particular match. Why was he not warned? Mr Bernstein, the FA chairman is a former Man City board member is turning the screws at the FA in an obvious vendetta against Man United. Look out for more acts of vindictiveness in next season as City look to compete for more trophies.

      clark - 2011-05-17 17:54

      - Oh please - I cannot fathom the persecution complex of Man/U fans, considering their team has for years, been comfortably on the right side of dubious decisions by ref's. No other Prem. league side has been awarded so many penalties. Ferguson, his red nose and his team sucks.

      MrTeaCan - 2011-05-19 09:38

      Oh Clark its just too bad our trophy cbinet does not reflect your sentiments,manU rules.

  • Grant - 2011-05-17 15:33

    You can say what you like about an opposition player, your own players, the opposition coach and even the crowd and supporters...but dare you say anything about the ref!!! When will this stupid rule disappear!? Sick and tired of refs being over-protected. They should have to answer for, and take criticism of their own performances just like anybody else on the planet...

      thundyr - 2011-05-18 09:23

      He talked up the ref prior to the game in a thinly disguised attempt to win him over (not that Fergie's 12th man needed winning over). This is not a "stupid rule", unless you're happy that your team cheats regularly, of course.

  • WhoGivesAshi - 2011-05-17 15:36

    He must tell the FA to shove it where the sun don`t shine..

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-05-17 17:36


      MrTeaCan - 2011-05-19 09:40

      Thats the only thing the enemy fans ever have to say to ManU,"Barca will get us,blah blah" its dumb to call yourself a fan and yet you rely on other teams to do your jobs for you.

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