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Sir Alex Ferguson To Be In The Dugout For Crunch Arsenal Game As He Will Not Appeal Touchline Ban

Old Trafford boss accepts FA punishment to be available for Emirates tie but will still miss Wembley showdown.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not appeal the five-match touchline ban and £30,000 fine he recieved for criticising a match official, according to the Football Association.

The ban will start immediately, allowing Ferguson to be present in the dugout for the potential Premier League decider with Arsenal on May 1.

The United boss received the punishment as the FA found him guilty of improper conduct for questioning the integrity of referee Martin Atkinson after a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

“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,” Ferguson 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.”

Ferguson will now miss the Premier League games with Bolton, West Ham, Fulham and Everton as his side chase a 19th title.

He will also miss the FA Cup semi-final with neighbours Manchester City at Wembley.

The 69-year-old will be forced to watch the game from the stands but will still be allowed into his team’s changing room before, during and after matches.

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