FA Request Ferguson Interview Tape
The Football Association have requested that Manchester United send them a tape of the post match interview given by incensed manager Sir Alex Ferguson to the club’s MUTV station following the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
Although the United manager’s comments to Sky Sports after the game were critical of the performance of referee Martin Atkinson, it is apparently the club’s in-house station that the FA believes may have crossed a line.
Ferguson will learn by 4pm on Friday whether he is to be charged with improper conduct for his withering attack on Atkinson’s performance, but may also face a touchline ban if his MUTV comments are investigated.
The FA does not have any power to demand that Manchester United send them a tape of the interview but apparently feel that it would be in the club’s best interest to provide evidence that might put the comments into context.
The comments that Ferguson is in hot water over related to the contested penalty awarded to Chelsea in the second half and the referee’s failure to send off Blues defender David Luiz for a catalogue of late challenges in the game.
“You want a fair referee, or a strong referee – and we didn’t get that,” the Scot said after Frank Lampard converted his chance to seal a crucial win at Stamford Bridge. “I must say, when I saw who the referee was I fear it. I feared the worst.”