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United - Ferguson in FA Charge Danger!

Sometimes, speaking the truth isn`t the correct thing to do.

It appears that it can, potentially, get you into trouble.

Last night, following the 2-1 reverse at Stamford Bridge, Sir Alex Ferguson told a few home truths about the performance of a certain Martin Atkinson, being very critical of the way he had handled the game whilst also questioning his appointment for such a prestigious fixture.

The comments don`t appear to have gone down well and now the rumblings are that whilst Wayne Rooney might have escaped an FA charge, Sir Alex might not be so lucky after commenting,

"It was a major game, you want a fair referee and we didn`t get that."

"I don`t know why he got the game. I feared the worst when I saw who was refereeing."

"Its three years in a row now where the referee`s decisions have changed the game down here. And that`s hard to take."

And on David Luiz not being sent off,

"Six yards in front of the ref, maybe eight yet he gives him the benefit of the doubt."

"It was incredible. Even before that, he`d done Chicarito off the ball."

"I don`t know how Luiz stayed on the pitch."

Perhaps, Sir Alex should have just bitten his lip and congratulated Martin Atkinson on a job well done; it might well be less costly on his bank account!

Does it pay to tell the truth, not always like we mentioned beforehand!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 2 2011

Time: 5:00PM

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Any thoughts on why Rooney wasn't sent off? Remember to tell the truth... Here are some pointers to nailed on yellow card offences in case it helps: spiteful, late 'tackle' on Ramires (as bad as Ramires' for which he was, quite rightly, booked); running towards the Chelsea fans to celebrate his (very good!) goal and to be deliberately inflammatory; embarrassing, cheating dive; the usual, constant back chat and foul mouthed abuse in the referee's face; the usual, general, nasty niggles throughout the rest of the game - did I miss anything?
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02/03/2011 17:21:00

Look, I hardly ever go onto other teams' sites, it's not very dignified and there are plenty of teams I dislike more than Utd (if we can't then I hope you win the League) but you have to ask yourselves why Rooney is coming in for such flack. There are only ever 2 reasons and believe you me, it isn't his prolific goal scoring and jealousy of a fantastic player this season is it, which must mean it's because he's an out of control thug who thinks he can get away with anything because his Manager and the authorities let him and deserves all the stick he gets and then some. Seriously though, it's true! I don't much like Cashley cole but at least he behaves on the pitch.
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02/03/2011 17:23:00

To say something nice, that Hernandez looks like becoming one Hell of a player! I've heard him compared to Solskjaer but if he can finish half as well as Ole then he will be a much better player and a real gem. Speaking of gems, that David Luiz doesn't look bad, does he?!!!
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02/03/2011 17:25:00

Quiet over here, isn't it...?
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02/03/2011 17:25:00

Give us a chance Spanish. You're not wrong about Rooney's behaviour I can't defend him so I'm not even going to attempt. Some of his outbursts are without reason. I felt last night Rooney felt hard done by, quite simply because the ref didn't have the best of nights, i'm speaking for both sides when i say that, and neither did he get the service he wanted from the midfield.
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02/03/2011 17:39:00

David Luiz for your side was brilliant and, in my opinion, a majority of the reason you won, him and Essien we're looking as solid as a brick wall! A well deserved win for your side, even if Fergie isn't going to admit it.
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02/03/2011 17:41:00

As for Fergie, I think he has shot the club and the title hopes in the foot a bit here. It's not enough that we're missing Ferdinand, Valencia, Park, Anderson and Hargreaves through injury and now Vidic through a match ban but we now might on top of that a manager due to a touchline ban because he was trying to protect an otherwise below par performance. Not good!
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02/03/2011 17:46:00

However, what Fergie is saying is true though, the ref wasn't the best. To begin with Torres goal shouldn't of been disallowed, both Luiz and Vidic (I believe it was them) were tugging on each other so which way does the foul go? Though I was relieved I felt he should've ignored the incident. Then for Terry's blatant handball, i'm sorry if he has got enough time to get his arm in the way of the ball then he has got the time to get out of the way of the ball. David Luiz got a yellow card and from then on made 2 very silly, rash challenges and didn't see a second yellow and a dismissal. Vidic got a red, which I agree with, he was tuggling on Ramires's shirt but at the same time Ivanovic, on numerous occassions, was caught tugging on Nani's shirt but no action was taken. Ivanovic also made contact, though relatively light contact, on Nani inside the box, it would've been a light penalty but no lighter than Chelsea's where Zhrikov touched it, Smalling blocked it, it bounced back and off of Zhirkov and Smalling's trailing leg which was still there after the first bounce caught Zhirkov (which he was blatantly looking for), if Zhirkov intended to touch the ball the 2nd time then fair play but I don't think he did. Rooney should've seen his card for his behaviour, as many will no doubt point out. Overall, poor refereeing, no doubt the neutrals will say something about us deserving it or swings and roundabouts blah, blah, blah...
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02/03/2011 17:56:00

Ah, there you are! On your own TFN7?! Typical though, I'm spoiling for a fight for a change so the only truly decent, objective and magnanimous Utd fan around turns up! Fair play, your opinion is always worth listening to and picking out amongst the multitude of moronic fools on our own site! Have to give Fergie credit for coming to SB and playing, trying to win. We may not be on song (now there's an understatement) but it is still a tough place to come but Fergie wanted to win. For what it's worth, there were times when I felt like revising my opinion on Utd a bit too. I consider this to be one of the worst Utd. sides in years, really not that good. Don't get me wrong, you have been the best of a bad bunch over the season and deserve to win the league but at least in part because we imploded again! Last night, however, I saw some great stuff from Utd. Scholes is still good enough even at this highest of levels and Nani looks like he may become as good as Ronnie (as well as every bit as arrogant and unpleasant!)! As I say, Hernandez could become a great and I rate Fletcher, unspectacular but top sides need players like him. We all know Vidic is quality even if he did lose his rag a bit last night and you will need to replace VDS with a quality keeper. So there were times when I had to accept that Utd. were better than I thought and that on a what you call a "below par performance", praise indeed form a Chelsea fan, eh?!
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02/03/2011 17:59:00

I only say below par because despite the defense defending admirably and the attacking doing well with the scraps given the midfield, par Scholes, was almost non existant. No-one is wrong in saying this isn't the best United side and I don't begrudge anyone for saying it however, very few acknowledge that even still it's a decent side (unlike yourself). It may not be star studded but there's some real grafters in the squad who earn their keep and like I said people think we need to reinforce many positions with many world class players, myself though would like to see a natural left footed winger, another centre back and a CDM and CAM. Yourselves have gone through a bad time which is of no fault of your own or Carlo Ancelotti's, I think the issue is the stability the Owners and Board alike fail to create. When you play football like you did against us I found myself wondering, how the fu(k are they fifth?! Brilliant display from yourselves, with some very clever play and now I can only hope you and the Spuds knock City out of the top four. Also likewise you yourself are one of the few Chelsea fans worthwhile reading, many just rant about age, signings, Ancelotti and many forget to keep a level head on things and lose perspective, not only that but you are one of few who type in English! :)
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02/03/2011 18:09:00

Whilst I was glad to see our spirit and quality back last night (accepting that we can still play much better!), I too found myself wondering how the Hell we were 5th! Perversely I was a bit annoyed in a way because it shows it's still there and so I'm cross with the players and their attitudes for not pulling themselves together 4 months ago and fighting a bit harder to retain their title. You are right that we need stability and to be fair on Roman, I don't think he has any intention of sacking Carlo. I think this time he has decided that he picked the man to rebuild and will stick with him through thick and thin, he wasn't expecting immediate returns this time even though he got them in the form of The Double last season! It's the 'fans' who have never known anything other than the success we've had under Abramovic who are calling for Carlo's head, not the ones who remember how it used to be! Hey ho, I guess if you win the League (beating Liverpool's title count!) and we win the Champions League this season we'll all end up reasonably happy, eh?! Got to go now but best wishes for the rest of the season (sincerely), apart from on 7 May and any date on which we might meet in the CL!
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02/03/2011 18:19:00

red nose will walk free (i hope not)... it's not whether the ref got it right or wrong... it's about respecting his decision and you (as a manager) can feel free to disagree with ref... but never, never, never insult him or call him biased... which fergie does time and again
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02/03/2011 20:21:00

we have been denied about 10 stonewall (others reckon even more!), game deciding penalties this season... you wouldn't know about it as our manager keeps a low profile (unlike jose) and respects the ref (maybe a lil too much)
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02/03/2011 20:23:00

I don't know about everyone else but I personally am interested in my managers opinion of the refs performance. I don't mean that butter-coated blatant lie "opinion" that the FA enforce with a touchline ban and I don't want to hear a loss solely being blamed on the ref, but an honest level-headed opinion. I believe FIFA enforce good "opinions" to quite simply build a facade that the game is perfectly fine as it is and doesn't need the input of technology, I mean no complaints means nothing is broke and nothing needs to be fixed and it's by this philosophy Blatter doesn't feel it's necessary for the implementation of technology. I mean surely the technology will make the ref's decisions alot easier and will help them avoid the abuse they endure?
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02/03/2011 21:46:00

agree with the technology bit... but i think managers should not rate the ref's performance... rather they should talk about the decisions... "luiz should have been sent off" is different from "the ref was biased and unfair"
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02/03/2011 22:13:00

Yeah sorry I didn't make that bit quite clear as what I meant, glad to see you picked it up though. Managers should be allowed to share their opinion on ref's decisions but within obvious reasons.
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02/03/2011 23:11:00

Since when did speaking the truth involve questioning the integrity of the officials? I've no problem with managers moaning about decisions that go against them, it's not like you're going to stop them! But time after time taggart resorts to personal slurs against the refs and should know by now that even the toothless FA that usually lets him and the rags get away with murder has to take a stand somewhere. Fergie can stew in his own juices, I just wish the FA had some balls and gave him some proper punishment for once.
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03/03/2011 19:49:00


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