Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Furious Fergie Ponders Appeal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Furious Fergie Ponders Appeal

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Sir Alex Ferguson was today considering whether to appeal against a touchline ban imposed for abusing match officials - and at the same time attempting to prepare for tomorrow's match against Rangers and an impending charge for Rio Ferdinand.

The Manchester United boss was given the two-match ban and fined pounds 10,000 by the Football Association yesterday after being found guilty of improper conduct and insulting or abusing match officials.

Meanwhile, Man U sent documentation including Ferdinand's mobile phone records to the FA yesterday afternoon as they decide which charges to bring following his failure to attend a drugs test.

A decision is likely on Thursday by which time United will have decided whether to appeal against Ferguson's ban or accept it and see him banished from the touchline for two games beginning with Fulham on Saturday.

After the hearing Man U's non-executive director Maurice Watkins said: "It is fair to say that Sir Alex is a little disappointed with the outcome. …

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