In the clear: Fergie escapes FA charge despite his persistent rant at officials in Boxing Day thriller with Newcastle
13:33 GMT, 27 December 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson has escaped any punishment from the FA for his conduct towards officials during his team’s win over Newcastle yesterday.
However action over Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp is under consideration after they were highly critical of refereeing performances following their defeats.
The Manchester United manager confronted referee Mike Dean at half time, then expressed his anger at fourth official Neil Swarbrick, before arguing with assistant Jake Collin after the visitor’s second goal was allowed to stand despite initially being ruled out for offside.
Fuming: Sir Alex Ferguson has been cleared by the FA after remonstrating with officials
But Dean did not include any mention
of the incidents in his match report and as such, English football’s
governing body consider the matter closed.
Sportsmail understands that while
Ferguson appeared extremely heated once Jonny Evans' own goal had been
given – with Papiss Cisse stood in an offside position – he did not
abuse or use insulting language towards the officials. In fact, Dean and
Ferguson held a ‘reasonable and rational’ conversation about the goal
and the game’s laws, even if the United boss disagreed with its
Barrage: Ferguson complained to assistant referee Jake Collin after a controversial Jonny Evans own goal
Thriller: United went on to take the game against Newcastle at the death
Looming: Ferguson glares at the linesman after the decision
THOSE THE FA DID PUNISH…
Liverpool midfielder Suso was fined 10,000 earlier this month for sending a homophobic tweet to team-mate Jose Enrique.
Suso replied to a picture posted on Twitter by Enrique showing the Reds defender getting his teeth whitened. The 19-year-old Spaniard tweeted: ‘What f*** is he doing This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.’
After Suso was slapped with a fine, Enrique jumped to his defence and said: 'Is amazing how fa can fine my friend @suso30fernandez for a banter thing. Was just a joke!!!'
Chelsea captain John Terry was found guilty by the FA of making racist comments to QPR's Anton Ferdinand.
Despite being cleared of a criminal charge after last season's incident, Terry was banned for four games and fined 220,000.
Terry's team-mate Ashley Cole received a whopping 90,000 fine back in October for a profane outburst on Twitter.
He labelled the FA a 'bunch of t***s'
after an independent regulatory commission investigating the Terry
racial abuse case had cast doubt over Cole's evidence.
Liverpool talisman Luis Suarez served an eight-match ban last season after being adjudged to have repeatedly racially abused Patrice Evra by the FA.
Dean did not send Ferguson to the stands during the game, an indication that nothing against the rules had taken place.
Ferguson has avoided punishment just days after the FA opted to take no action against Swansea's Ashley Williams for hammering the ball at Robin van Persie's head as he lay on the ground.
The United manager had said that Van Persie was 'lucky to be alive' after being struck in the back of the head from point-blank range. Although Ferguson claimed Williams hit Van Persie deliberately, the centre back downplayed the incident, claiming he was trying to clear the ball.
However, Manchester City boss Mancini
could yet be handed a ban for his comments aimed at referee Kevin
Friend. The Italian was angered by a challenge on Pablo Zabaleta in the
build-up to Sunderland’s winning goal went unpunished.
Mancini said after the 1-0 defeat at
the Stadium of Light: ‘The referee, he ate too much for Christmas. I do
not know how he could miss this. He was not in good form.’
FA rules do not allow managers to
question the integrity of officials and Mancini’s suggestion that Friend
over-indulged falls into this category. Ironically, Ferguson was banned
for two-games after branding Alan Wiley ‘unfit’ following a game in
Redknapp could also be in the dock
after his admonishment of referee Chris Foy and assistant Harry Lennard.
Robert Green felt he was impeded for West Bromwich’s match-winning goal
at Loftus Road and Lennard missed a blatant handball in the box by Liam
Ridgewell in injury time.
Redknapp said of the assistant: ‘Maybe he should go to Specsavers.’ He added: ‘I thought they were awful decisions.’
Smouldering: Ferguson stood behind Collins after half-time
Happy: Ferguson held his arms aloft after watching United come from behind three times against Newcastle
Sealed it: Javier Hernandez finally put United in front of Newcastle late in the game
Omission: Mike Dean decided not to include the incident in his match report