Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been hit with a five game ban by the FA after he criticized referee Martin Atkinson in the wake of his side’s defeat to Chelsea.
Ferguson has also been hit with a £30,000 fine after the FA judged he was guilty of improper conduct when he criticized Atkinson for failing to send off David Luiz after a string of bad tackles on Wayne Rooney.
Ferguson spoke to MUTV after the United Chelsea game; ”You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that,”
“I must say, when I saw who the referee was I feared it. I feared the worst.”
Sir Alex came out in defense after being charged by the FA and stated his intention to fight his case prior to United’s FA Cup encounter with Arsenal this past weekend.
“I felt aggrieved and I now face an FA charge for what, to my mind, was simply telling the truth,” Ferguson wrote in his pre-match notes.
“I will be defending myself strongly when my FA appeal hearing comes up.
“In fact, I am looking forward to the challenge because, to my mind, I have not said anything out of place, however much the media urge the FA to take action.”
However, Ferguson’s comments were in vain as the FA found him guilty, resulting in the United boss now facing a five game ban from the dugout, with two of those bans relating to a previous charge by the FA on Fergie for improper conduct.
The ban begins on March 22 resulting in Ferguson not being in the dugout for United’s games against; West Ham, Fulham, Manchester City and possibly a title show down against Arsenal at the Emirates.