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FA Crusade Against Fergie? Where Will It Lead?

Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz have escaped punishment for their comments following our FA Cup defeat against Portsmouth. Yet the FA does not wish to accept the ruling.

It is well known that disciplinary cases are in the hands of independent committees: they decide whether a too outspoken manager warrants punishment. The independing committee ruled that Sir Alex Ferguson's following comments were not out of order.

'Managers get sacked because of things like that and he's going to referee a game next week. He is not doing his job properly and he needs to be assessed ... that performance today should not be accepted by our game.'

'He' is a reference to referee's chief Keith Hackett. Queiroz's outburst was a bit stronger, allegedly accusing Martin Atkinson of being a robber.

It is nothing new, many managers said worse things. Arsene Wenger got away with calling the linesman a 'liar' after they lost the Carling Cup and their players got involved in a pathetic brawl.

But this case will be different as the FA is reportedly considering an appeal. I think this sets a dangerous precedent.

First of all, what is the use of an independent committee if the governing body is not willing to accept its ruling? Surely the whole point is being independent therefore not favouring either side on theory.

And there's another thing to consider. Anyone in the game can come out and say that a manager is not doing his job properly, a player is playing poorly, an owner is ruining football and so on. Jose Mourinho was free to call Ronaldo uneducated and Wenger a voyeur... that was all good and proper.

Yet you can't say a word about the FA and about the referees. Why are they protected from any kind of criticism? They have their own job yet if they commit mistakes there is no way to let them know. It is very, very rare that an official gets demoted - unless Liverpool FC ask for it, of course - and due to this self-protecting nature, the standard of refereeing is not likely to improve.

It's not necessarily worse than two or three decades ago, it's just that the spotlight is on it now. Managers are obliged to attend press conferences (even if some of them, like our very own Scot, trust this job to his assistant) so why can't the same be applied to referees? If they cannot be criticised by managers, then at least let them feel the pressure of the press - what managers feel all the time.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 29 2008

Time: 7:02PM

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You might wish to conduct some research before typing, Wenger was charged with misconduct for the 'liar' comment. However, there is a pertinent issue, how do the FA have the right to fine people they don't employ? Surely that's against the law?
Little Dutch
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29/05/2008 19:18:00

I'd love to see refs try to explain themselves at press conferences after they watch a replay of their mistakes.
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29/05/2008 19:22:00

i was honestly shocked to see ferguson not getting charged but the fa should leave it at that now.
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29/05/2008 20:25:00

Zae, I agree that ref's make annoying mistakes and should face the press to explain their decisions, it would be more interesting than listening to the inane comments from most of the uneducated players. BUT....As a Pompey fan I can't help but laugh at your bitter 'anti Arsenal and Liverpool' attitude. Are you anti Pompey because we beat you that day? Or did the ref win it for us? I think the whole country thought 'Boy who cried wolf' when Ronaldo (6'2", strong, young man that he is) bounced off of Distin as if he had taken one from frank Bruno! Ferguson and the other chap were blatantly wrong to say what they said, if all managers spoke like that after games (most of which when Man Utd get gifted decisions) then the whole thing would be a mess. Crusade against Fergi? No way! Get real and grow up. FA cup winners 2008!
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29/05/2008 21:26:00

Refereeing football games is not normally a pleasant experiace. before critisizing them, maybe you should try refereeing first. I was shocked at the time to hear "s** Alex" criticise the referees, and keith hacket, who predominantly do a good job, and make far fewer mistakes than anyone else associtated in football. You say that referees dont often get demoned. that is true (too a certain extent) - however to demote a referee, another one must be promoted. the premrship referees are the best of the best, and the further down the league you go, the less consistent they get. As for the FA apealing against the decision - when a club apeals against a decision, why is that ok? when something as blatantly ridiculas as this gets passed, it is the FAs DUTY to complain!
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29/05/2008 22:15:00

Blindle are you honestly trying to say that distin didnt foul ronaldo and it shouldnt have been a pen? anyway mate im not going to argue ith you, to be fair we have bigger fish to fry and if going out of the cup at that stage meant we were fresher for the champiosn league final then id take it any day of the week. keep the fa cup mate, we'll hold onto the leage and european double. CHAMPIONS!!!
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29/05/2008 22:29:00

Don't punish Fergie punish SWL for being
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29/05/2008 22:47:00

the fa have it in for sir alex and manyoo - you are taking the ***** right? he and they get away with murder, as do most of 'the big boys'... how the hell he and queiroz escaped punishment was incredible! the stuff that the pair came out with after we 'had the nerve' to beat you was disgraceful.
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30/05/2008 00:05:00

as for your thoughts on 'the fa cup' these are further reasons why i cannot stick manyoo, to many of you would rather win the champions league over the fa cup - the best knockout competition in the world. a competition with true values, not something that is just designed to make the rich richer!
dont get me wrong i would love to see pompey win the champions league, but would never be content to 'disguard' the domestic honours as easily as you guys seem willing to do in favour of winning it!
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30/05/2008 00:07:00

pompeyrug,congrats on winning the fa cup.We don't disregard it,if we did we wouldn't have won it 11 times ;)
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30/05/2008 00:19:00

United4life, I did not say that it should not have been a pen! 'Boy who cried wolf' story available in paperback (with pictures) from any good book shop! So you don't have to buy it though I will explain....Ronaldo should not go down so easily in so many challenges. We have all seen him run into players and fall over when a man of his stature should stay on his feet. On this occassion it looked like a pen to me, but I think the ref may have felt Ronaldo was acting again. Also let me make something clear Mr 'Bigger fish to fry', this attitude of so many Utd fans is laughable, i actually wanted man Utd to win the league and CL due to the amazing football served up by your team. Not everyone hates good football, but a fair few hate divers and whingers, and managers with tunnel vision! HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FINED....SIMPLE AS. Anyway, not a slanging match so good luck next year, I hope Ronaldo is sold though, and you buy someone more rugged in his place without that babyish face when he DOES get fouled.....
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30/05/2008 08:24:00

Blindle your views lack any real logic and are based very sparingly on facts and statistics and more on your own personal hatred for both us and ronaldo; undoubtedlty the best player in the world. pompeyrug - the champions league is better than the fa cup and to say it isnt is quite frankly rediculous. im bored with arguing with you tbh so lets end this "slanging" match, k?
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30/05/2008 12:09:00

Pretty strong at times for my liking Fergie; but he is right in a way, if players and managers can be held accountable, why not referee's and linesmen. Players are diving, managers are employing cheating tactics, who is to say that all referee's are therefore honest?
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01/06/2008 08:53:00

Fergie = biggest lose ever. Simple.
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01/06/2008 11:52:00

The fact is Pompey beat you & won the FA Cup. Your compensation is you won the league & the holy grail. The facts are there forever.
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01/06/2008 19:17:00


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