Sir Alex is rightfully miffed!
Sir Alex Ferguson hit out at referee Martin Atkinson after watching his side lose 1-0 to rivals Chelsea on Sunday.
The Manchester United boss criticised the official for awarding the free-kick from which John Terry scored, and said Wes Brown was fouled as it went in.
“The referee’s position to make the decision [for the goal] was absolutely ridiculous, said the Scot.
“He can’t see anything. It was a bad decision. You lose faith in refereeing, that’s the way the players see it.”
Atkinson awarded a foul when Darren Fletcher challenged Ashley Cole outside the box late on at Stamford Bridge, prompting protests from the United players, who felt the Scot had got the ball.
Ferguson also felt Didier Drogba pulled Brown’s shirt as Terry’s glanced header flew into the corner.
“That goal should never have been allowed,” added Ferguson. “We’ve dominated the game. We’ve had great chances to win the match and not taken them – and that’s our fault.
“We had great opportunities to get to the edge of the box and some really good chances in and around the box, but we should be finishing it off.
“We’ve only ourselves to blame in that respect. But you do need a break – and we never got the break we needed.” (BBC Sport)
Now we all know that Sir Alex likes to lay into referees but in my view this particular attack was totally warranted. Not only did Man United have a goal wrongly ruled out for offside but there is no way that the free-kick that Chelsea scored from was a just one and to add insult to injury it is clear that Didier Drogba is in an offside position when John Terry connects with the free-kick, the Ivorian may not have touched the ball but clearly he is interfering with the play as Edwin Van der Sar is having to react to the failed attempt by the Chelsea striker to hit the ball.
Personally I can understand when manager’s are censored and punished for making personal attacks at officials but these comments from the Scot just seem like totally correct observations so I am not sure how the FA can really attempt to punish Ferguson on this occasion.
You can’t blame a boss for losing his temper when such crucial decisions in such crucial games are given incorrectly. In the same way as we are asked to accept the likelihood that mistakes will be made then referee’s should accept the barracking they will get for getting things so horribly wrong.