Date:16th March 2011 at 3:23pm
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Sir Alex Ferguson

Fergie will be watching the next five games from the stands

Sir Alex Ferguson has been suspended for five matches and handed a £30,000 fine  following comments he made about referee Martin Atkinson after the 2-1 defeat at Cheslea.

In his post match interivew after game Ferguson said:

“I feared the worst [when seeing Atkinson had been chosen as referee]”

“You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that.”

Ferguson was fuming with Atkinson after the Bradford born referee awarded a controversial penalty to Chelsea and failed to give David luiz a second yellow card for a blatant foul on Wayne Rooney.

Such was Fergie’s fury that following the defeat to Liverpool a few days later, the United manager refused to speak to press at all, including United’s very own MUTV.

Ferguson already had a two match ban hanging over him for claiming referee Alan Wiley was “unfit” after the 2-2 draw with Sunderland at Old Trafford last season. So the FA have imposed that along with another 3 match ban. 

The five match touchline ban means Fergie will be watching from the stands for the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City at Wembley as well as Premier League clashes with Bolton, West Ham, Fulham and Everton.

Although the ban is hardly ideal for such a series of important games, with Mickey Phelan the man repsonsible for doing most of the sideline shouting, it shouldn’t have too much of an impact.

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