Old Trafford boss is yet to decide on appealing punishment for ‘speaking the truth’.
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson describes his five-match touchline ban and £30,000 fine as ‘disappointing’ and is yet to decide if he will appeal.
The 69-year-old was found guilty of improper conduct by the Football Association following derogatory remarks about referee Martin Atkinson.
The FA invoked a previous two-match dugout suspension, as well as handing out an additional three game ban and fine.
The punishment will come into effect next Tuesday but Ferguson has until Monday to appeal.
The Red Devil’s boss admits he is upset over the severity of the ban but is undecided over his next move.
“It is disappointing,” said Ferguson.
“It is the only industry where you can’t tell the truth. But it is in the past now.
“I’ve not decided about appealing.”
Ferguson criticised Atkinson’s performance following United’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, where he felt David Luiz should have been sent-off.
“It was a major game for both clubs and you want a fair referee. You want a strong referee and we didn’t get that,” he said to MUTV.
“I don’t know why he [Atkinson] got the game. I must say that when I saw who was refereeing it, I feared the worst.”