Sir Ferguson Receives Ban for Man United's Next Five Matches

Sir Alex Ferguson Receives Ban

Manchester United's manager, Sir Alex Fergison, will have to watch the FA Cup Semi Final from the stands after being found guilty of improper conduct at a hearing by the Football Association.

Ferguson has 48 hours to appeal a ruling that bans him from the touchline for Manchester United's next five matches. Ferguson was angry about referee Atkinson's officiating of a 2-1 defeat for the Premier League leaders. He decided to fight the charge against the recommendation of United's legal advisers and lost.

The case against Ferguson was that he alleged bias on Atkinson's part by saying that he should not have been appointed for the Chelsea game because the occasion demanded "a fair referee."

Ferguson appeared to bring Atkinson's integrity into question when he previously claimed "in matches like this you want a fair referee" in his interview with the club's in-house television station MUTV. He went on to explain he had "feared the worst" when he discovered Atkinson was going to referee the game,

Ferguson's ban does not start until March 22nd, meaning he will be available for Man Utd's match against Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Fergie's ban will start with West Ham, followed by a home match against Fulham and the all-Manchester Derby FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Ferguson already had a suspended two-match touchline ban from a previous charge, when he had accused Alan Wiley of being physically unfit to referee in the Premier League. That ban has now been invoked and Ferguson will also be banned from United's dugout in a home game against Everton and the Manchester Derby with Manchester City.

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