I was as surprised as anyone to hear that Sir Alex Ferguson had been charged again by the FA on Friday for daring to discuss a match official prior to the Manchester United V Chelsea game last week.
I’m the first person to have a moan on here when I think Ferguson is allowed to get away with things, but even I have to say that this a fight the FA didn’t really need to pick.
This seems to come in the catergory of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, did the FA really need to do it?
But let’s be honest here, Harry Redknapp can continue his crusade to fight Fergie’s corner all he likes, but Ferguson knew what he was doing when he said “We are getting the best referee, there is no doubt about that. We have the players to do it all right. We just hope it’s our turn for a little bit of luck,” last weekend.
“We just hope it’s our turn for a little bit of luck,” that’s the line for me, that is a clear message from Ferguson for Howard Webb in my opinion.
I wasn’t aware that there is a clear directive that managers are not allowed to discuss the referee prior to a game, and I actually agree with the rule.
Ferguson was actually a victim of this himself in the FA cup semi-final in 2009, when David Moyes questioned Mike Riley’s appointment and was rewarded by seeing Riley turn down a blatent United penalty. You could say Fergie got shot with his own gun.
But I do think this latest charge is a bit over the top, the game passed by with no major problems and everyone accepted the outcome without any argument about Howard Webb’s performance.
Maybe the FA could have used a bit of common sense and perhaps just let Ferguson know that they were aware of his comments, rather than taking this course of action.