Sir Alex conducts expertly timed mind game broadside against Anfield skipper and the FA.
Sir Alex Ferguson has called the Football Association “dysfunctional” for its handling of incidents involving Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard.
The Manchester United manager was angry after Ferdinand got a four-match ban for a challenge on Hull’s Craig Fagan.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Gerrard was not punished for an alleged V-sign or an elbow on Portsmouth’s Michael Brown, freeing him to face United on Sunday.
“There is no consistency,” said Ferguson. “It is a dysfunctional unit.”
Liverpool captain Gerrard has been under scrutiny twice this month, firstly for appearing to flash a V-sign at referee Andre Marriner during the 1-0 defeat to Wigan on 8 March.
A week later, he seemed to strike Brown with an elbow in the second half of the Reds’ 4-1 victory over Portsmouth.
Both incidents were seen by the referee during the match, making the FA powerless to apply retrospective punishment.
“I didn’t expect anything to happen to Steven Gerrard,” said Ferguson. “It [the FA disciplinary panel] is a dysfunctional unit. I don’t know what they are doing.” (BBC Sport)
I think Sir Alex may have a point but is clearly using the fact he has a point to make a perfectly timed mind game assault on Rafa Benitez days before the Old Trafford duel between Liverpool and Manchester United. Anyone who has seen the incident in question will wonder just how Steven Gerrard avoided punishment. It should be noted that the incident did involve Michael Brown who is of course famous for getting ‘stuck in’ more than most so any sympathy for the player himself goes out the window.
Here is the incident below, make your own mind up over whether Ferguson is right to be miffed.