Old Trafford manager will watch Wembley showdown and crucial Premier League games from the stands following referee rant.
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been handed a five-game touchline ban and £30,000 fine for making derogatory comments about a match official.
The Football Association found Ferguson guilty of improper conduct for questioning the referee Martin Atkinson’s integrity following the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
The committee showed no hesitation in handing out the punishment meaning Ferguson will have to watch the all-Manchester FA Cup semi-final from the stands.
Ferguson already had a two-game suspended touchline ban hanging over him following comments made about referee Alan Wiley’s fitness.
This has now been invoked making the total of the ban five games.
The ban will commence on March 22 meaning Ferguson will miss the Wembley showdown as well as Premier League matches against West Ham United, Fulham, Everton and Arsenal.
Ferguson, who has 48 hours to appeal, decided to fight the charge going against the recommendation of United’s legal advisers.
Ferguson said to MUTV he did not believe Atkinson was a ‘fair’ referee during the Chelsea game, and felt he was being victimised by the media.
“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.
“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.”