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Fergie Handed Touchline Ban - Again

So, the FA showed they are the big boys here: they handed Sir Alex a two-game touchline ban and gave him another two match ban suspended until the end of next season. All for his comments about Alan Wiley's fitness.

Peter Griffiths who chaired the Football Association regulatory commission said:

"Each member of the commission recognised Sir Alex Ferguson`s achievements and stature within the game.

"Having said that, it was made clear to Sir Alex that with such stature comes increased responsibilities.

"The commission considered his admitted remarks, in the context in which they were made, were not just improper but were grossly improper and wholly inappropriate.

"He should never have said what he did say."


So Fergie has an increased responsibility due to his stature in the game? Well, that explains why Fergie is banned from the touchline at least once every season while Wenger got away with calling a linesman a liar after the 2007 Carling Cup final (Is it appropriate to say that the linesman lies about an event? Apparently.) and Benitez was merely warned after he said 'The fourth official is a young referee and maybe he needs to calm down a bit,' following his side's 2-1 defeat at Spurs. Oh, he also mocked the referee with a gesture at his glasses.

But of course Sir Alex gets favourable treatment, that's a fact.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 12 2009

Time: 6:59PM

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justice delayed, but justice nevertheless!
johnny come lately
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12/11/2009 20:54:00

He used to get favourable treatment but then a righteous Spanish man brought it to everyone's attention. And you reckon Ferguson won those mind games...
KB1
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13/11/2009 14:35:00

Well he did win them because we won the league that season and you didn't. Onto this year we may not win the league but at the rate you're club is going you'll be luck to finish in the top 6 let alone the top 4.
NotoriousRedDevil
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13/11/2009 15:35:00

If he didnt get a ban it would have been scandalous.
HuddersfieldYiddo
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13/11/2009 17:07:00

Rafa launches an unprovoked attack on Ferguson, making headline news of the fact that he gets away with attacks on referees. Everyone else knew it, he said it. Ferguson carries on attempting to bully referees, a tactic he has used over the years to great effect. Only now he is getting charged and everything he says is analysed more. Decisions, for the first time in a long time, are starting to go against you and there is nothing Ferguson can say or do about it wihtout further censure. You lot called it a rant and said he was cracking up when really, the ramifications of what he said could affect you for a long long time. And besides, the minute Ferguson wheeled out Fat Sam signified it had got to him. Wenger used to twist Ferguson in knots also. Mind game master, my arse.
KB1
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13/11/2009 17:08:00

He's gotten away with it for so long so it's good to see the FA have finally grown a set and given this grumpy old man a much needed break from the touchline.
bluesnozza
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14/11/2009 07:22:00

The suspended ban is the best news, now Fergie won't be talking about referees for 18 months! I wish it was a lifetime one though.
RussianHammer
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14/11/2009 10:19:00

It really is a nothing punishment - so what if he can't be near the field during play? He can still talk to his coaching staff, and to the team before the game and at half-time. The sooner the FA grow a proper set, and use the UEFA style ban, then it really won't be anything other than a slight inconvenience.
BlueWolfie
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14/11/2009 11:00:00

the mans needs one , the f a did right .
kimbo
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14/11/2009 17:41:00

The punishment was pathetic and the FA are a joke. What exactly does Fergie have on them? Incriminating photos? His punishment should have been far worse, but uncle rednose gets away with it yet again.
fifthcolumnblue
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15/11/2009 13:00:00

Slap on the wrist... won't impact United one bit. FA IS a joke.
emigre
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16/11/2009 18:54:00

You guys make it sound as if Fergie should be locked away, he questioned a ref's fitness that was all. You sit there and say about all the other things he done but that wasn't what the charge was over, it was about questioning a ref's fitness, nothing more, nothing less.
One United 92
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19/11/2009 08:00:00

 

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