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Megson's Right: It'll Be All About The Ref

The witchhunt against Sir Alex continues: refs, managers, journalists, everyone spoke up against him, shaking with righteous anger, calling for lengthy bans following his criticism of the fitness levels of Alan Wiley. Some journalists even claim Wiley had an excellent game on October 3 which is of course rubbish, considering he failed to award a stonewall penalty in the first half and did not add any more time after United's injury-time equaliser.

Gary Megson, manager of next opponents Bolton was the only one daring to come to Fergie's aid, claiming that the boss has been hung out to dry. After referee Mark Clattenburg also spoke out against Fergie, Megson believes the focus will be on him at Old Trafford on Saturday as he'll be in charge of the game. Clattenburg sent Fergie to the stands at Bolton in November 2007 and even more famously, he cheated Everton out of a richly deserved win against Liverpool with scandalous calls.

'It's Mark Clattenburg refereeing and he sent Sir Alex off two years ago, so right from the off he is under scrutiny. He's a good referee but, straight away, the scrutiny is going to be on Mark Clattenburg and Alex Ferguson's comments about referees.'

Yes, it will be all about the referee, again. If he'll put in a fine display, the press will point their finger at Fergie, ridiculing him for ever questioning the officials. If he commits mistakes benefiting United everyone will say that Sir Alex intimidated the referee, the FA and possibly Barack Obama as well. If he happens to make mistakes for the benefit of our opponents - well, there will be a big silence then, as there always is. We can't win in this situation - and things are working out nicely for Benitez ahead of the Liverpool game.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 14 2009

Time: 10:27PM

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It is not a witchhunt! SAF's comments were an unprecedented attack on the personal character of a referee and as such are calling the integrity of all referee's into question. If fergie is allowed to get away with these disgusting remarks then the respect campaign will be dead and buried (not that it had much more credibility than John Major's back to basics campaign!). It's only to be expected that your fans will circle the wagons and defend your manager, but in all honesty, fergie was bang out of order and deserves sanction for this. And as to his non-apology, well, kicking someone and saying "sorry, but you deserved that" doesn't really count as an apology.
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15/10/2009 09:43:00

I would love to know on what basis Clattenburg cheated Everton out of a richly deserved victory. One call went against Everton which could have led to a draw but a victory??! It would appear Megson is soft soaping you for Saturday, seem to remember he wasn't so enamoured at refereeing last year in that fixture when you got given another penalty for nothing. Everyone in the country (including Ferguson, hence his 'apology') know it was wrong to criticise the referee. Stand by because it is coming this time, he went too far and he will get a very heavy suspension. And about time.
KB1
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15/10/2009 13:48:00

It does get to me how ref's are supposedly untouchable and do not have to answer to anything they do. Trouble is, Ferguson wasn't talking about Wiley as a ref, he blasted him as Wiley the man, and that is beyond the pale. Time and time again, he thinks he can say what he likes, but this time they are (rightfully) fighting back. Unfortunately, any punishment will not go far enough.
BlueWolfie
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15/10/2009 19:45:00

why doesn't Sir Alex just retire?
merlin
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15/10/2009 20:58:00

Because people like your chosen one once said, he THE BOSS.
NotoriousRedDevil
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16/10/2009 01:56:00

He's Bruce Springsteen?
BlueWolfie
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16/10/2009 07:32:00

 

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