View Full Version : 03/09 FA investigates Ferguson outburst

03-09-2008, 04:14 PM
The Football Association is to review the comments Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made following his side's FA Cup defeat by Portsmouth.

Ferguson criticised referee Martin Atkinson and hit out at referees boss Keith Hackett for what he perceives as a lack of action over poor officials.

A spokesman for the FA said: "We are aware of the comments and will be giving them consideration."

If any action is taken, Ferguson would face a fine, not a touchline ban.

United lost Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final 1-0 but Ferguson felt his side should have had a penalty when Sylvain Distin blocked Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half.

Ferguson told MUTV: "It's absolutely ridiculous. I cannot explain it.

"Managers get sacked because of things like that and he's going to referee a game next week."

And he felt Keith Hackett, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, should take more responsibility when officials under perform.

"Hackett has got a lot to answer for in this country," added the Scot. "He's not doing his job properly.

"He should be assessed like everyone else is assessed. I'm assessed as a manager, the players are assessed, referees are assessed.

"Martin Atkinson will referee next week, no problem, but his performance today should not be accepted in our game."


03-09-2008, 04:16 PM
It's true. Some of the decisions were bullshit

It shouldn't have been a penalty anyway, nor a red card, so that was 2 bad decisions, amongst others