Football: VINTAGE FERGIE; the FA CUP E-On QUARTER-FINALS Old Trafford Shock Sir Alex Faces Rap after His Rant at the Ref
Byline: By PAUL SMITH
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SIR ALEX FERGUSON faces an FA disrepute charge after launching a scathing attack on referees supremo Keith Hackett and match official Martin Atkinson.
The incensed Manchester United manager launched his tirade after seeing his team lose their FA Cup quarterfinal to Portsmouth.
Fergie has already been fined and banned from the touchline for two games this season after a verbal attack on referee Mark Clattenburg following his side's 1-0 defeat to Bolton. But he was unrepentant.
Ferguson said: "The game was decided by the decision not to give us a penalty. They had great confidence to hang on knowing the referee was on their side.
"Keith Hackett has a lot to answer for - he is not doing his job properly. He has to be assessed.
"I'm assessed as a manager, players are assessed - and that performance should not be accepted.
"Hackett is in a nice, comfortable position and does nothing really. I don't think he makes a contribution to the referees' performances in our country.
"That should be addressed. He's not doing his job properly.
"That guy will go and referee next week, no problem.
You see his Hackett's favourites always get the games and that's disappointing."
Ferguson could not believe that a sixthminute clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and Sylvain Distin did not produce a United penalty.
Television replays suggested Ferguson's complaint was justified. "It was ridiculous not to be given a penalty," said the United boss. "I cannot explain it.
"And there was no yellow card in the first minute when Lassana Diarra put Ronaldo on the track and made no attempt to play the ball.
"Diarra had eight or nine fouls in the match. It's incredible.
"I've got to agree with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Someone is going to get a serious injury in our game. He's had one himself with Eduardo.
"The longer the game went on the more you feared the worst.
This will have an impact on our season but we will do something about that. It's hard to imagine we are out of the competition."…
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Publication information: Article title: Football: VINTAGE FERGIE; the FA CUP E-On QUARTER-FINALS Old Trafford Shock Sir Alex Faces Rap after His Rant at the Ref. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Sunday Mirror (London, England). Publication date: March 9, 2008. Page number: 78. © 2009 MGN LTD. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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