Old Trafford boss faces touchline ban if found guilty.
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will appeal against the FA charge of improper conduct.
The charge relates to comments made by the Old Trafford boss on MUTV following the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
Ferguson was unhappy with referee Martin Atkinson’s failure to send off David Luiz and awarding the Blues a ‘soft’ penalty.
“You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that,” said Ferguson to MUTV.
“I must say, when I saw who the referee was I feared it. I feared the worst.”
Ferguson had until Tuesday but has acted quickly despite the fact an unsuccessful appeal could lead to a longer touchline ban.
The 69-year-old already has two matches of a four-game ban still suspended following comments made on Alan Wiley’s fitness last season.
These would come into effect, meaning Ferguson could miss big games in the title run-in.
He could miss United’s FA Cup sixth-round tie with Arsenal at Old Trafford on March 12, plus the Premier League encounter with Bolton seven days later.