The football Association have charged Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with improper conduct following comments he made regarding referee Martin Atkinson.
Ferguson criticized Atkinson following United 2-1 defeat against Chelsea, and will now face action by the FA.
The United manager was more than unhappy with Atkinson’s failure to dismiss Chelsea defender David Luiz following a number of clear fouls on striker Wayne Rooney.
Ferguson’s anger deepened when Chelsea then went on the counter attack following a debatable Luiz tackle and in return won a penalty which Sir Alex labelled as ‘soft’.
Sir Alex vented his frustration to MUTV; “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.”
The FA then responded by requesting the video footage of Ferguson’s outburst from MUTV, in which they judge Ferguson to have spoken in an inappropriate manner.
The FA released the following statement; “The FA has today charged Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with improper conduct relating to media comments.
“The charge relates to comments made about match official Martin Atkinson in post-match interviews following Manchester United’s fixture with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 1 March 2011.
“Ferguson has until 4pm on Tuesday 8 March to respond to the charge.”
United will fear the worst as Ferguson may now face a lengthy ban from the teams dugout, as he already has two matches of a four game ban to complete.
If Ferguson is found guilty, he will have to serve his two existing bans immediately which would see him miss the FA Cup tie against rivals Arsenal and the Premiership tie against Bolton.