x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

FA cites Sir Alex Ferguson on comments

Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged with improper conduct by the English Football Association for his comments prior to the Manchester United-Chelsea match.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged with improper conduct by the English Football Association over comments made about referee Howard Webb in the build-up to last Sunday's Premier League title-deciding clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford. Although the comments seemed innocuous, including a statement that he believed Webb to be the "best referee", they contravened FA Rule E3. Ferguson had said: "We are getting the best referee, there is no doubt about that." He added: "But [getting a bad decision] is definitely our big fear. We have the players to do it all right. We just hope it's our turn for a little bit of luck." Ferguson has until 4pm on May 16 to respond.