Alex Ferguson denies FA charge over rant at Tottenham linesman

Fergie DENIES charge over blast at linesman who turned down Rooney penalty claim at Spurs

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

17:13 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 1 February 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has today decided to contest an FA charge of misconduct.

It relates to comments the Manchester United manager made following the draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane last month.

It is alleged that Ferguson breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias.

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Fuming: Ferguson was furious with Beck for missing Caulker's trip on Rooney

Hot water: The United boss has been summoned before the FA

Hot water: The United boss has been summoned before the FA

His case is now set to be heard
before an independent commission. If found guilty, he is expected to be
fined but could feasibly face a touchline ban.

The United boss has decided not to request a personal hearing but the club will submit a file arguing his case.

Ferguson’s comments were aimed at
referee’s assistant Simon Beck after he refused to flag for a penalty
when Wayne Rooney went down under a challenge from Steven Caulker.

By claiming that United ‘were never
going to get a decision’ from Beck and ‘he gave them everything else’,
the FA believe that Ferguson – who also brought up a previous
controversy involving the same official when United played Chelsea in
2010 – questioned his integrity.

He said: ‘The stand-side linesman
never gave us a thing all day,’ said Ferguson. ‘I think he had a
shocking game today. I'm disappointed in his performance, I really am.

Late twist: Ferguson was even more unhappy after Clint Dempsey (left) scored Tottenham's added-time leveller

Late twist: Ferguson was even more unhappy after Clint Dempsey (left) scored Tottenham's added-time leveller

‘We’ve got that history with him. He
never gave offside with (Didier) Drogba at Old Trafford when he was
three yards offside. Everyone remembers that. I certainly do.’

The decision not to award what
Ferguson described as ‘a clear penalty’ proved costly for United when
Clint Dempsey struck in injury-time to cancel out Robin van Persie’s
first-half header.

Yesterday, United defender Rio
Ferdinand backed his manager saying: ‘It was a 100 per cent penalty. I
cannot believe he didn’t give it. The linesman didn’t really help us on
the near touchline at all in the second half especially.

‘He maybe wasn’t going to put his flag up but I’m disappointed that the referee didn’t give what was a stonewall penalty.’

Ferguson has been banned from the
touchline on five occasions in the past, most recently in 2011 when he
was found guilty of questioning the integrity of referee Martin
Atkinson.