FA asking Sir Alex Ferguson to explain criticism of linesman

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Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, has been asked by the FA to explain his criticisms he made against linesman Simon Beck after Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur. 

The Red Devils took lead through Robin van Persie after 25 minutes, before Spurs’ Clint Dempsey levelled from close range in the dying seconds.

Ferguson was angered by Beck’s failure to call anything in favour of United, most notably the failure to award a penalty when Wayne Rooney clashed with Tottenham defender Steven Caulker. 

Speaking after the match, Ferguson said that Beck’s overall performance was “shocking” and even recalled the game in which Didier Drogba scored from an offside position, a game in which Beck was the linesman. 

Ferguson said of Beck: “Why he never saw the penalty kick on Wayne Rooney and some of the other decisions… I think he had a shocking game today. 

“I’m disappointed in his performance, I really am. I think he had a bad game.  We remember him well from the Chelsea game when Drogba was three yards offside and he gave him onside.” 

The comments made by the United boss has prompted an immediate reaction from England’s football governing body, with Ferguson having until 6pm on Thursday to reply to the FA, or face with being charged and fined.


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