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Sir Alex Ferguson Refuses to Speak to all Media After Liverpool Loss

by Mr Neutral

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Old Trafford boss could be in more hot water.

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Sir Alex Ferguson refused to speak to media rights holders on Sunday following the game at Liverpool, which Manchester United lost 3-1.
The United manager did not talk to host broadcaster Sky Sports, radio rights holders TalkSport and the club’s television channel MUTV.
His assistant Mike Phelan did not carry out his usual post-match engagements with the BBC.
Should any of the media organisations complain to the Premier League, the governing body would be forced to act.
Ferguson has not given a post-match interview to the BBC since 2004 after a BBC Three documentary about his son Jason, who was then working as a football agent.
The Premier League was due to discuss Ferguson’s BBC boycott, which is in contravention of its rules, late last year, but if any fines were imposed for his non-compliance they have yet to be made public.
However, it is believed no media organisation has ever lodged an official complaint over the issue. (BBC Sport)

Anyone of the belief that Sir Alex was so angered by his side’s defeat at the hands of an old enemy, that he then decided he could not face the press should take into account that his decision to blank the media was made before the game and centres on his post match comments from the Chelsea game, comments that led him to be charged with improper conduct.

Now personally I think it is unfair of the FA to try to punish a manager for airing his views about an inept official, not least as officials get to walk away after a game and not have to explain their decisions whereas managers are contractually obliged to face the media throng after each and every game, surely that is wrong.

However Ferguson can not really blame the media for his rant and the coverage of said rant has in fact been fairly standard and his beef should stay with the FA and not the press who merely reported on his accurate but unwise outburst.

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