Manchester United Manager Faces Ban After FA Enquiry

Old Trafford boss could miss Arsenal and Bolton ties with a two-game suspension.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson faces a two-game ban if found guilty by the Football Association for making derogatory remarks about referee Martin Atkinson.

The FA launched an enquiry into Ferguson’s comments on MUTV after the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea dented United’s title hopes.

Ferguson could now miss next week’s visit of Arsenal in the FA Cup and the Premier League home game against Bolton.

The 69-year-old will hear by 4pm Friday if he will be charged with improper conduct and given the suspension.

The United boss still has two matches of a four-game touchline ban hanging over him following comments about Alan Wiley’s fitness last season.

Any ban will not be imposed before Sunday’s trip to Liverpool as a ‘non-standard’ case such as a manager’s media comments is not heard by the FA’s fast-track disciplinary system.

The United boss was unhappy with a number of decisions made by Atkinson, including the ‘soft’ penalty awarded to Chelsea and the failure to send off David Luiz for a foul on Wayne Rooney.

The FA has no power to demand a transcript from MUTV but believe it is in the manager’s interest to put the comments into context.

“You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that,” Ferguson told MUTV.

“I must say, when I saw who the referee was I feared it. I feared the worst.”

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