Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

FA Get the Ferg Degree

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

FA Get the Ferg Degree

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The Football Association have hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson's claims their compliance unit "has no purpose."

Ferguson launched a scathing attack on the unit amid a general argument that referees should be given greater power to punish diving cheats.

The Manchester United manager has never been a great lover of the compliance unit, particularly as last season Wayne Rooney received a three-match ban after being caught on video shoving Bolton's Tal Ben Haim.

This term Gary Neville was also fined pounds 5,000 and warned over his future conduct for his celebration of the last-minute winner against Liverpool.

In contrast, Chelsea's William Gallas escaped sanction when he appeared to incite the home fans at Fulham following his recent dismissal at Craven Cottage.

Stephen Jordan was also not punished for two horrendous challenges on Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo during the recent Manchester derby.

With the new speeded-up disciplinary process now in force, Ferguson feels the compliance unit only acts when potential cases appear in the media, an allegation the FA have opted to counter. …

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