Sir Alex Slapped With Five-Match Ban For Referee Criticism

Chris Wright

16th, March 2011


By Chris Wright

“I’m not talking to you anymore sunshine!”

The FA have come down hard on Sir Alex Ferguson and hit the Manchester United manager with a five, count ’em, five -match touchline ban (the longest in Premier League history) over comments he made about referee Mark Atkinson last month.

Speaking to MUTV after the defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Ferguson questioned Atkinson’s integrity implying to United’s in-house station that he feared Atkinson wasn’t ‘fair or strong enough’ to take charge of the game and that he ‘feared the worst’ when he learned Atkinson was due to officiate at Stamford Bridge.

The FA released the following statement earlier this evening:

“At an independent regulatory commission today (Wednesday), Sir Alex Ferguson was handed a touchline suspension for three matches and fined a total of £30,000.

“The commission found the charge of improper conduct relating to media comments proven,

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