Sir Alex Ferguson’s fate to be ruled by FA after slamming ‘poor’ linesman in Manchester United penalty row

By Chris Bailey

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson will learn if he is to be charged by the Football Association on Tuesday after blasting a linesman in the match against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Scot responded to a request for an explanation of his comments before the Thursday deadline and the FA will now take three working days to decide on any punishment.

Simon Beck bore the brunt of Ferguson’s anger in Sunday’s 1-1 draw after failing to award a penalty when Steven Caulker appeared to catch Wayne Rooney in the second-half.

“He had a really poor game,” said Ferguson in a post-match interview.

“There was no way the linesman was going to give that – he gave them everything.

“It was a clear decision. And he was 10 yards away, maybe 12 yards away from the incident and he doesn’t give it. And yet he gave everything else.

“I am disappointed with him – we have not had a good record with him.

“With Chelsea a couple of years back, he gave onside to Didier Drogba and he was three yards offside.

“You remember these things because it is in important games and that was an important game.”

Ferguson has a history of run-ins with the FA, landing a five-match ban after criticising referee Martin Atkinson in a game against Chelsea two years ago.

He was given a four-match touchline ban (two suspended) and fined £20,000 for comments made about the fitness of Alan Wiley in November 2009, one year after a two-game ban after confronting Mike Dean.

The Scot has also had run ins with Mark Clattenburg and Jeff Winter, as well as infamously coining the term ‘Fergie time’ for his aggressive stance on added on time keeping.

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