Fuming Fergie blasts referee

2011-03-02 12:11

London - Sir Alex Ferguson launched a furious attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Manchester United's title charge was dented by a controversial 2-1 defeat against Chelsea.

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Ferguson's table-toppers suffered just their second league loss this season when goals from David Luiz and Frank Lampard helped Chelsea erase Wayne Rooney's first half strike at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Lampard's penalty winner was especially frustrating for Ferguson, who felt Atkinson was wrong to rule that Chris Smalling's challenge on Yuri Zhirkov was worthy of a spot-kick.

Atkinson also angered Ferguson by failing to send off Luiz for a series of cynical fouls and then dismissing United defender Nemanja Vidic for a second booking in stoppage time.

Inevitably Ferguson was quick to let rip at the official with a typically feisty post-match tirade.

"You want a fair ref. I don't know how he got this game. I must say, when I saw who it was, I did fear that," Ferguson told MUTV.

"We defended badly for the first goal, That was a bad one to lose but the penalty kick was so soft, deary me.

"It's three years in a row that decisions have changed the game here. It was incredible.

"Luiz had done (Javier) Hernandez off the ball and nothing was done. Then he does Rooney, clear as day.

"You are talking about what changed the game in the second half, these are decisions that change the game and he is going to be refereeing every week!

"I'm proud of my players. They endured a lot of bad decisions against them and they have done their best.

"They (Chelsea) got a lot of decisions that surprised me in a major game like that."

Ferguson's scathing comments could land him in hot water with the Football Association, but the Scot is unlikely to worry too much about that.

He will be far more concerned about the potential damage done to United's title challenge and he told his players they have no time to feel sorry for themselves as they try to bounce back at Liverpool on Sunday.

United remain four points clear of second placed Arsenal, but the Gunners can close that gap to just one point with victory in their game in hand.

A trip to arch rivals Liverpool is hardly the ideal place to get back on track, especially since Vidic will be suspended, while doubts remain over the fitness of Rio Ferdinand.

Yet Ferguson believes his squad's character will see them through on Merseyside.

"We have got to gather ourselves as we always do. When you lose a game you have to recover, do better the next time and get a result," Ferguson said.

"Sunday is a massive game as it always is when Manchester United play Liverpool and it will be the same again."

United had a golden opportunity to claim their first win at Chelsea since 2002 when Rooney fired home from long-range in the 29th minute.

But the visitors were pushed back by Chelsea in the second half and Brazilian defender Luiz capped an impressive display when he lashed in the equaliser in the 54th minute.

That sparked heavy Chelsea pressure which paid off when Atkinson punished Smalling for the slightest trip on Zhirkov and Lampard drove in the 80th minute penalty before Vidic's red card for trip on Ramires.

With Chelsea still 12 points behind United, Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti admits the victory is unlikely to persuade his players they can still retain the title.

Instead he is keen to accentuate the positives of a gritty comeback against a team of United's quality.

The result lifted Chelsea above Tottenham back into fourth place and provided a shot of confidence that could prove invaluable as they try to win the Champions League.

"We are not able to think about arriving at the top. United are too far ahead but the victory is important for our confidence," Ancelotti said.

"After a performance like that I cannot believe how far ahead they are but this is the table. We have to respect this.

"We had a good performance against Copenhagen and now this result. We have to continue because every game will be important for the Premier League and Champions League.

"We showed a good team-spirit because it is not easy to come back against United.

"We never had a problem with the unity of the players, they always stay together in good and bad moments."


  • trackyness - 2011-03-02 12:46

    Shame! Maybe you forgot to pay Atkinson's salary before the game Fergie?

  • traedani - 2011-03-02 12:51

    And everytime Webb is ref for Man Utd we always do have the same fear you had when you saw who the ref was......We all know that a fair ref is one that favours you Mr Forgie

  • Nutzman - 2011-03-02 12:53

    The ref obviously did not have Fergie's 7 minute watch on?????

  • johnnydee - 2011-03-02 12:58

    Stop complaining..Rooney should've been sent off last week after elbowing an opponent in the face

  • bill - 2011-03-02 13:00

    Since when is it ordained that you pathetic imports cant lose a game you scottish yob

  • Larry - 2011-03-02 13:02

    Shut up Alex Faggotson

  • donns - 2011-03-02 13:06

    why doesnt he say anything about Roonys elbow incident

      mikedek - 2011-03-02 13:34

      That was last week idiot. He was commenting on last nights game!

      giuliano - 2011-03-02 14:54

      @mikedek....cry baby Rooney should not have been on the field in the first place...all is well when it favours you.....another idiot

  • nic69ers - 2011-03-02 13:32

    Shame so one game doesnt go your way and you cry like a b1tch! Suck it Fergie!!

  • Albo - 2011-03-02 13:34

    LOL - what a bunch of sour comments from the losers on this forum!! You sound like 5-year olds - "the ref, the clock, the pitch" etc... Point is, UTD are on top and the only view you morons have is an @ss in your face and a big FU!!!

      Clayton - 2011-03-02 14:05

      Albo you sound like a typical ManU fan.... I dont care if the ref was bad, infact it makes me even happier when refs do in United. The only thing that makes me happier than watching Whiskey Nose complain was if he had to choke on his gum.

      Albo - 2011-03-02 14:34

      point proven

  • denlyn - 2011-03-02 13:39

    40000 referees in the stand and a poor idiot in the middle. Maybe the angle that Fergie saw and the angle the referee saw made the difference in the decision. (ex referee)

  • Sharon - 2011-03-02 14:04

    BOO HOOOOOOOO MAN U. It is always the ref's fault when Man U is beaten. Ferguson always blaming everyone else but his team when they loose. The Man U players are the best actors I've seen. They should try going to Hollywood/Bollywood any Wood......ummmmm but there again Hollywood has enough spoilt little brats as it is. FACE IT MANCHESTER UNITED, THE BETTER TEAM WON.

  • Ian van Jaarsveld - 2011-03-02 14:06

    Arrggg wah wah wah - look at the table you yobs - who is TOP? nothing else counts. True United fans will simply take the loss last nite on the chin.

      ntbarie - 2011-03-02 14:27

      So why isn't Fergie?

      FootieLover - 2011-03-03 11:29

      You're so right but there aren't too many true UTD fans cos half of them have no idea about football, they don't even watch the games but they are quick to comment on other teams and how UTD get robbed. I wish more intelligent football lovers will comment on these sites instead of you morons who think you know football because you bought a R80 Man U shirt at the flea market.

  • Jan - 2011-03-02 14:17

    Fergie has grown too big for the game. He is like a spoilt brat.

  • golflovinggran - 2011-03-02 14:37

    For goodness sake Ferguson get a life. You whinge and whine whenever some decision does not go the way you think it should. Tough luck you old fart! All teams have some or other wrong decision taken against them, it was your tern last night. Now shut up and get your tema ready for their next game.

  • tommy 2 - 2011-03-02 14:39

    @ALEX,OH STOP WHINNING. When rooney elbowed a player on the weekend,you said nothing. It was great to see DAVID,what he did to ROONEY.(SHOULD HAVE WENT FOR THE ANKLE)

      Aribs - 2011-03-02 18:25

      Go join the minor debating team cause u are fing CLUELESS just like your Crusty looking gaylord David Luiz.

      Gunner Nash - 2011-03-03 09:24

      @ Aribs: Atleast Crusty made Shrek his lil biatch...

  • ShabirS - 2011-03-02 14:55

    What about Chelsea legitimate goal that was disallowed, we have seen MU getting much softer penalties than this one. Fergie must stop BlTching and start thinking abbout the next game

      Aribs - 2011-03-02 18:23

      What legitimate goal was disallowed. Were you watching the same game or ESPN classic...?

  • Aribs - 2011-03-02 15:16

    Lots of gay comments following this article...truth hurts and the truth is that Atkinson was and is a kuk ref...all of you are bitching more than Sir Alex who has achieved more than all of you asses will achieve all together. Respect Alex. Talk it like it is.

      tommy 2 - 2011-03-02 15:53

      @ARIBS & YOUR HEAD IS HALF UP HIS ASS. IF the truth hurts,why is he bitching, THE TRUTH IS CHELSEA 2 UTD 1.

      Albo - 2011-03-02 16:39

      @tommy 2 - the truth is actually UTD 1st Chelsea 4th

      tommy 2 - 2011-03-02 17:17


      Albo - 2011-03-03 09:07

      You are - loser!!

  • Tombstone - 2011-03-02 17:17

    Wonder what Fergie will say when they lose the Champions League ...

  • Magnoman - 2011-03-02 19:24

    MU supporters - watch the aggression when MU plays - Rooney in particular, every decision queried and argued and continual chirping, throwing arms, diving, ACTING, come on surely its enough .... oh no, its the way they influence the game when they start loosing against better opposition. FIFA is to blame. Like rugby - only the captain to talk to the ref ! and grabbing a shirt - give a yellow card, argue a decision - swear at the ref or linesman - yellow, Etc etc FIFA - change this rule NOW, Clubs enforce the rule and lets start playing football like true sportsmen - players, show the kids the right way and become positive examples.

      Me2 - 2011-03-02 20:21

      Why pick on Rooney....there were plenty of others, on both sides, doing the same thing..part of the live with it :-)

      Albo - 2011-03-03 09:09

      @Magnoman - Drogba is probably the worst of the lot!!! For such a big guy to roll around crying and diving is an absolute embarrasment.

  • Maano - 2011-03-02 20:58

    the refree was unfit to be in charge of chelsea vs man utd game. the fact is everytime wen man utd is playing chelsea at stamfordbridge the referees always sides with chelsea,but da bottom line is man utd will end up winning the tittle

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