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The Fergie Rant

Sir Alex, unsurprisingly, was furious after Martin Atkinson's mistakes contrived to United's FA Cup exit.

So our manager faces an FA charge yet again. Well, it's nothing new. He will probably get a touchline ban, too, something that Wenger who called a linesman a liar last season, never gets.

But never mind. Let's see what he was raving about, was he right?

'It's absolutely ridiculous,' he told MUTV, referring to Atkinson's decision not to award a penalty for a clear foul by Distin.

'I cannot explain it. Managers get sacked because of things like that and he's going to referee a game next week.'

'He's not doing his job properly and he needs to be assessed. I'm assessed as a manager, players are assessed, referees should be assessed properly by the right people.

'That performance today should not be accepted by our game.'

I know a lot of people will say that 'ol' rednose is whining again'. But please put aside who said it (and the manner he used) and consider the implications.

How many fans were crying out recently for the introduction of an assessing system for referee's? How many of us urged the FA to make the refs accountable rather than leaving him untouchables what they are now.

Those who hate Fergie will not admit if he's right especially as most of his thoughts were aired only because of frustration - but that does not mean he doesn't have a point.

Oh, and for the record, he added that Pompey's penalty was a correct decision. So it's a bit unfair to say he only wanted to have a go at Atkinson.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 9 2008

Time: 9:32PM

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Take the defeat in your stride. It's our cup now.
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09/03/2008 21:38:00

Ironic thing was, the potentially worst tackle of the day came from Rooney, no mention of that was there? Ferg had it bad yesterday, Ronaldo was hardly kicked off the park, yet your assitant manager was comparing Diarras shoulder charge to Taylor on Eduardo! Things in perspective!
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09/03/2008 21:46:00

too all the "fans" crying out for an assesing system for referees: there is one. in fact, every game is assesed. the problem is though, is that referees are human, and the ones refereeing the premiership are the pik of the bunch - but more to the point, there is a real shortage in referees. and that shortage stems from the scathing critism they recive day in day out and not being perfect - which in turn stems from men like sir alex that dont understnad the laws of football, and think that referees should only ever give penalties to there side. you want better refereeing? well be nicer to them, and maybe a few more will sin up, but untill then, stick with what youve got
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09/03/2008 21:46:00

we will. you have the cup.....we'll have the premier leauge!
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09/03/2008 21:47:00

i honestly dont know what fergassen is talking about "assed by the right people" - who does this referer to? man u supporters? referees are assesed right down to grass roots football, so if sir alex doesnt know this, he should shut the ******** up.
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09/03/2008 21:49:00

they're not assessed. they can't be punished, they can't be held responsible, do not have to face press conferences and can't be criticised.
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09/03/2008 21:50:00

I don't know why Pompey fans feel that they have to prove their moral superiority. Are you not content with going through? As for calling Rooney's foul worthy of a red... you're kidding, right?
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09/03/2008 21:51:00

I quite like Utd and im cheering u in the league and europe but i have to say Fergie is everybit as bad as arsene wannker wen its comes to being a big baby when you lose a game. Yes you were unlucky and should have won 10 nil but thats football and he should take it on the chin and show pompy credit.
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09/03/2008 22:15:00

Fergie Said ........'He's not doing his job properly and he needs to be assessed. I'm assessed as a manager, players are assessed, referees should be assessed properly by the right people. 'That performance today should not be accepted by our game.' I agree Rooney should have seen red for a a studs up lunge at Kranjcar... Ref was not poor (well we've seen a lot worse) Sorry Six Alex your out of the cup, your treble dream has gone .. look at your players first and foremost and as for baliming referees well.. it was only 18 months ago that you accused teams battling relegation to accept it as it part of the game ... Bout time you heeded your own words ...
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09/03/2008 22:29:00

I don't know why Pompey fans feel that they have to prove their moral superiority. Are you not content with going through? As for calling Rooney's foul worthy of a red... you're kidding, right? .....Erm no !!! Fat Ugly Scousers tackle was the worst of the game and as for Pompey fans proving moral superiority.. well don't it make a change...
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09/03/2008 22:31:00

fantastic result, made my day
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09/03/2008 23:41:00

boo hoo you big cry baby ferg get over it you used to be better than that boyo
ozanne park rangers
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10/03/2008 05:20:00

ol' rednose is whining again
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10/03/2008 08:29:00

Fergie should get a hefty fine for bringing the game into disrepute. Was it a Pen? Distain was in front of Ronaldo who had let the ball run too far -sometimes you get the pen the sometimes you don't but it was never a 'Stonewall penalty'. Ronaldo dives all over the place and throws his arms in the air every time he's tackled as though he thinks the opposiation aren't allowed to tackle him. If the ref's are doing anything wrong it's letting him get away with constant play acting...grow up Fergie and accept defeat graciously.
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10/03/2008 12:23:00

Let's all remember this when next the Man Utd fans feel the need to call Arsene Wenger a "bad loser". LOL.
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10/03/2008 12:57:00

look up boys at least those gooner****s screwed up, its in your hands now, i hope you dont let me down, i hate arsenal
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10/03/2008 13:55:00

Anyone seen the big mouth that is Sweetleftfoot... I assume that foot is firmly in his stupid mouth right now - stupid cockney manc always on all the other sites taking the mick.. Well stick that in your pipe SLF.. Up the pompey!
The Tailor
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10/03/2008 16:14:00

i like pompey, but damn! i never knew their fans were such (unts. midolothian99 is right, a team of your statue should be so pleased with going through, not complaitng about some foul. if you want us to lose with dignity, try anf fecking win with some too!
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10/03/2008 19:21:00

i would have been the same big man
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11/03/2008 14:27:00

Has Fergie been charged yet or has he wormed his way out of another tirade that everyone else would have got caned for?
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12/03/2008 19:22:00


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