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Sir Alex to face FA charge

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged by the English FA for accusing referee Martin Atkinson and his chief Keith Hackett in the wake of United’s 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth in the last 8 of the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday.

This is what Fergie said after the match:

Keith Hackett’s got a lot to answer for in this country, I don’t think he’s doing his job properly.

He’s got his favourites as everyone knows.

He needs to be assessed. I’ll be assessed as a manager, the players will be assessed and the referee should be assessed today — properly — by the right people.

It was an absolute stonewall penalty.

Managers get sacked because of things like that — and he’s going to referee next week? It’s ridiculous.

Fergie’s rage can be justified but he did take the accusations too far. After all, he ought to have paid respect to the referees and since he didn’t, he may as well face the FA music.

His assistant Carlos Queiroz too joins his boss in facing the FA charges after saying this:

The referee is a disgrace, he didn’t do his job.

This referee deserves somebody to come to the side of the pitch after five minutes, give him a red card and pull him out of the game. That is my opinion of this robber.

Actually, blasting the refs for their unintentional blunder is a disgrace and the Man United duo ought to get the punishment.

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