Manchester United lost to Portsmouth in the quarter-finals of the FA at Old Trafford on Saturday and not for the first time has United manager Sir Alex Ferguson come out and blasted the referees for this shock FA Cup result.
Man United had a clear-cut penalty appeal denied when Cristiano Ronaldo was brought down by Sylvain Distin in the 7th minute and Sir Alex has blasted the match officials for their defeat:
I think this game was decided when Ronaldo’s penalty was refused.
I think that gave them great confidence to hang on knowing the referee was on their side and Diarra’s had, I don’t know, eight-nine fouls in the match, it’s incredible.
I have got to agree with Arsene Wenger that someone’s going to get a serious injury in our game. I know that he’s had one himself and it’s not a nice time to maybe talk about that but the treatment Ronaldo’s getting, I’m worried about that.
But we didn’t need to worry about the referee in terms of the chances that we had.
The referee’s performance – well Keith Hackett (general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board) I think is in a nice comfortable position and does nothing really
I don’t think he makes a contribution to the refereeing performances in the country and I think that has to be addressed. I think that he’s not doing his job properly.
That guy will go and referee a game next week, no problem, you see time and time his favourites always get the games and I think that’s a disappointing factor.
But somehow Portsmouth scraped through 1-0 thanks to a Sulley Muntari spot-kick and they, and not Man United, will now contest the semi-finals of the FA Cup.