Benitez lets fly at Fergie

2009-01-09 17:09

Liverpool - Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez claimed on Friday that Manchester United counterpart Alex Ferguson is "killing" referees due to his lack of respect.

Benitez said that Ferguson is "the only manager who will not be punished" by the Football Association for his outspoken attacks on referees.

In May, the 67-year-old Scot was cleared of improper conduct charges in May over comments made about referee Martin Atkinson and Keith Hackett, the Professional Game Match Officials general manager.

Although Ferguson received a two-game touchline ban in November after a confrontation with referee Mike Dean - the kind of incident that has prompted the League Managers Association to call for a review of the Premier League's so-called Respect initiative.

"We had a meeting in Manchester with managers and the Football Association about the Respect campaign," Benitez said. "And I was very clear, forget the campaign because Mr. Ferguson was killing the referees, killing Mr. (Martin) Atkinson, killing Mr. (Keith) Hackett. He was not punished. He is the only manager in the league that cannot be punished for these things."


  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-09 22:03

    The guy has made Man U.home ground a place the refs obey and award 50/50 in favour them.Even his players have no respect for the referees.They take their cue from him.Perhaps the "SIR" thinks the referees should obey to his wishes before half time and more after half time as per Benitez

  • Michael Bowery - 2009-01-09 22:10

    Dear Benitez, Fergie is right to criticise. The general quality of major decisions by referees is awful. It will remain so until the FA and FIFA as in other sports make use of the TV referee by permitting two challenges by the Captain of either side per match challenging a refereeing decision. This does not materially delay the game and as in cricket, adds to crowd suspense waiting for the decision for or against game official. Michael Bowery

  • Irene - 2009-01-10 09:05

    Not just Ferguson he players also do as they want on and off the pitch they think they are above the law. When they are not winning they get nasty with the oposition they take it for their right to win. The referees are guilty of this too they allow Man U players to to what they want it should stop now. Do you remember Pedro Medes goal being disallowed when they played Tottenham Hotspur.

  • simon - 2009-01-10 09:34

    Ferguson is an ass who thinks he is bigger than the game or those around him. One of the typical soccer lowlife made big!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-10 13:37

    Worst case of PMS from Rafa - PMS = "Pathetic manager syndrome."

  • Darryl - 2009-01-12 12:08

    Do I sense panic from Benitez. I think he is paving the way for the excuses for not winning the league AGAIN. Shame!!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-12 12:41

    Wow - I cannot believe the comments that some of you make. Obviously some crazed Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea supporters here. Come on guys, stop watching the game with "blinkers" on. Man. United get it just as hard as everyone else. I agree with Michael Bowery - TV ref's will make the difference. but untill such time accept the fact that errors will be made and all teams suffers bad decisions.

  • Berlin Nayager - 2009-01-12 14:28

    Ferguson and his drama queens, Ronaldo and Rooney need to realise the game is bigger than them.Rooney clearly swears the referee after the disallowed goal and nothing is done. Ronaldo dives and looks up at the referee expecting a free kick and the referee complies. Every decision against united is questioned by Fergie. He needs to learn touchline behaviour from Rafa. Who is fergie fooling when he says he has no comment after Rafa's allegations.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-12 15:21

    Well done to Rafa. Normally very reserved but Fergie has been getting away with it for years. Finally someone stood up & said it. Well done to ManUre for killing Chelski yesterday - they deserved the win. Darryl, you do realise that Rafa has only been in the league 5 years hey ? Without the spending power that Fergie & Chelsea have had. Yet, he has taken the Reds to 2 European Cup Finals (took Fergie 22 years to do the same) & has won the FA Cup already. He has made them worthy title condenders in his 5th year (so far). It took Fergie 7 years to win his 1st title. Also, the "19 year wait" story is getting old - have people forgotten it took ManUre 26 years to win the title & Chelsea took 50 years ? Anyway, looks like WAR between 'Pool & Utd, just the way it should be :-)

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-14 12:42

    You liverpool supporters will always be sore losers!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even when Man U aren't beating your asses you moan. Stop whinging and wake up and realise you won't win any trphies this season. Showcase will be empty once again.

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