Sir Alex Ferguson Begins Five Game Ban

Sir Alex Ferguson Banned For Five Games

SIR ALEX FERGUSON TO SERVE FIVE MATCH TOUCHLINE SUSPENSION

Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, will be confined to the stands for the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City at Wembley as well as Premier League clashes with West Ham, Fulham, Everton and Arsenal.

Ferguson, has begun to serve his punishment for his comments about some poor referee calls. Fergie was suspended for five matches and handed a £30,000 fine following comments he made about referee Martin Atkinson earlier this month.

The FA sanctions will commence on March 22.

The FA made the decision due to comments Ferguson made following a controversial 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, when the United boss said he had "feared the worst" when Atkinson was appointed match official for the Premier League clash on March 1.

"You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway - and we didn't get that."

An FA statement stated, "At an independent regulatory commission today, Sir Alex Ferguson was handed a touchline suspension for three matches and fined a total of £30,000.

"The commission found the charge of improper conduct relating to media comments proven, following remarks made in relation to match official Martin Atkinson in post-match interviews after Manchester United's fixture with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 1 March 2011.

"Furthermore the commission invoked a two-match suspended touchline ban, relating to a previous charge of improper conduct in relation to media comments made in October 2009. Therefore Sir Alex Ferguson was ordered to a serve a five-match touchline ban commencing on Tuesday 22 March 2011."

Fergie was angry over Atkinson's failure to dismiss Chelsea defender Davie Luiz for fouls on Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney after he had already been booked.

He was further upset when Chelsea were awarded what he considered a "soft" winning penalty when Yuri Zhirkov fell under a challenge from United's Chris Smalling. 

"I am sure Sir Alex feels that there is an FA agenda against him," a source said. "When you look at what Harry Redknapp said about collusion between the linesman and the ref, and Martinez about bias, but they 'do' Sir Alex over the word fair.

"The FA have said there can only be one interpretation over his use of the word fair, but this is a draconian penalty and you can imagine Sir Alex is not exactly swinging from the chandeliers about it.

"He might appeal, but he might just accept it and get on with it, but he's not happy about it and it has left a bitter taste."

This is the fifth time in five years that Ferguson has been charged because of comments either to or about a referee.

As of April 1, Manchester United sits on top of the Premiership, followed by Arsenal in second place and current champs, Chelsea, in third place.

Man United defeated Bolton at the Old Trafford. Dimitar Berbatov scored the winning goal in 88th minute – and the Red Devils increased their lead in front of the Arsenal to five points.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United boss, watched the match from the stands during the Barclays Premier League match. Ferguson is serving a five match touch-line ban after comments he made about referee Martin Atkinson.

Arsenal clashed with West Bromwich Albions resulting in a 2:2 draw. Arshavin and Van Persie both scored for the Gunners.

Chelsea defeated Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. David Luiz scored the leading goal. Ramires sealed the Blues victory for a third place at the Premier League table with a point more and a game less played than Manchester City, and nine points and a game less than leaders Manchester United.

SATURDAY MATCHES – RESULTS

Tottenham vs West Ham United 0:0
Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton 0:1
Blackburn Rovers vs Blackpool 2:2
Manchester United vs Bolton 1:0
Stoke City vs Newcastle United 4:0
West Bromwich Albions vs Arsenal 2:2
Wigan Athletic vs Birmingham City 2:1
Everton vs Fulham 2:1

SUNDAY GAMES – RESULTS

Sunderland vs Liverpool 0:2
Chelsea vs Manchester City 2:0

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