Fergie blasted Sky Sports’ reporter Geoff Shreeves after Man Utd’s 1-0 win against Boro in the FA Cup on Monday night. The Man Yoo boss reportedly called poor Geoff a ‘f***ing bastard’ and told him to ‘f**k off’ after the reporter questioned Cristiano Ronaldo over the incident that earned United the match-winning penalty.
learning that Shreeves had asked Ronaldo whether there had been any
contact before he fell under Jonathan Woodgate’s challenge (there clearly was contact, Ed.),
Ferguson claimed he was ‘disgusted’
by the line of questioning. Fergie’s hairdryer treatment of Shreeves continued off-camera. According to The Sun, ‘Ferguson’s foul-mouthed tirade was so loud that
a BBC interview with Boro chief Gareth Southgate had to be abandoned’.
To read a full transcript of Ferguson v Shreeves [via The Sun], click belowâ€¦
The gory details of Shreevegate:
Shreeves: ‘I asked himâ€¦’
Ferguson: ‘F***ing (inaudible) bastard.’
S: ‘Donâ€™t talk to me like that.’
F: ‘F**k off to you.’
S: ‘Donâ€™t talk to me like that. Donâ€™t even think about it.’
F: ‘Donâ€™t you think about it, you ****. F**k off. Right?’
S: ‘Listen, are you going to do the interview in a professional manner or not? Do you want to do it or not?’
F: ‘You f*****g be professional. You be professional. Youâ€™re the one.’
S: ‘Iâ€™m entitled to askâ€¦ Cristiano gave the right answer.’
F: ‘F***ing hell with your answers.’
S: ‘Donâ€™t talk to me like that. Go away. If you want to behave civilly, fine. Donâ€™t talk to me like that.’
F: ‘F**k off.’ (door slams)
Another storm in a teacup. Ferguson’s siege mentality is what makes him a great manager, while I’ve always thought Shreeves was a bit of a prat â€“ although he does at least stand up to Fergie here. Does this mean Ferguson will now boycott Sky? On previous form â€“ he already boycotts the Beeb â€“ I wouldn’t be surprised to see Carlos Queiroz doing Sky interviews from now on.