Ian Wright recalls the incident he lost respect for Sir Alex Ferguson

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With Sir Alex Ferguson being one of most successful managers in the history of football, he is one of the most respected figures in the sport.

The Scot spent 26 years in charge of Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles. He was also knighted in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

But it seems as though Ferguson isn’t totally respected by everyone.

That’s because, in an extract from his new autobiography ‘Ian Wright: A life In Football’, the former Arsenal striker has revealed how he clashed with Ferguson over a racism incident.

Those Arsenal and Manchester United fans will remember when Wright clashed with goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on a couple of occasions.

During the 1996/97 season, Wright and Schmeichel were embroiled in two separate incidents in the two Premier League fixtures with the second one at Highbury seeing the Arsenal man jump in studs first on the Dane.

It was considered revenge for the incident that took place at Old Trafford three months previously.

Wright claims that the legendary ‘keeper racial abused him back in November during the first fixture between the two sides. While he was obviously upset by that, he was equally disappointed by Ferguson’s reacted to it.

Wright wrote: "In November 1996 during a game he [Schmeichel] yelled at me, 'You f***ing black b*****d' [something Schmeichel has always denied].

"The following February, I did go in hard on Schmeichel, but he made a meal of it.

"After the second game, I met then Old Trafford chief Alex Ferguson. He said: 'I never had you as a race card player.'

"That particularly upset me. I told him I wasn’t, but I don’t know if he believed me. I lost a bit of respect for him that day."

While we’ll never know what really was said between Schmeichel and the former forward, it’s clear that Ferguson upset Wright with his comments.

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