Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boos Swayed Ref ( Ferguson

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boos Swayed Ref ( Ferguson

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed referee Howard Webb was influenced by the Birmingham crowd's reaction towards Cristiano Ronaldo as a controversial first goal for City meant United had to settle for a 2-2 draw at St Andrews.

Ronaldo was constantly booed by home supporters every time he touched the ball and was clearly fouled by City midfielder Nicky Butt when United were leading 1-0.

But Webb waved play on and Blues stormed down the other end to grab the first of two equalisers which gave them a precious point in the battle against relegation.

Ferguson conceded that the home side were worthy of a share of the spoils but was upset with the first goal.

"We have a problem with Ronaldo. Every time he gets the ball, the crowd boo ( and the referee has listened to the crowd. There is no question about that.

"Ronaldo was clearly brought down by Nicky Butt. I don't know what you can do about things. But the booing is unfair to the boy because he is such a great player. …

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