Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson Faces 5-Game Touchline Ban

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said some quite naughty things in the aftermath of his side's 2-1 defeat away to Chelsea two weeks, essentially accusing referee Martin Atkinson of bias for failing to send of David Luiz for a second yellow card after the Brazilian defender had deliberately gone through Wayne Rooney in an off-the-ball challenge. While Ferguson had a case to be aggrieved there - the game was still 1-1 at that point and Chelsea going down to ten men would have surely had an effect on the eventual outcome, making that sort of accusation is a big no-no.

As a result, the FA slapped a misconduct charge on the veteran manager, which Ferguson elected to fight. Unsurprisingly, he lost, and as a result he's been banned from the touchline for no less than three matches, as well as seeing a two-match suspended sentence come into force. A £30,000 fine is on the cards as well, although the club will probably cover that for him. Ferguson has two days in which he can launch an appeal, but if that fails he'll be missing home matches against Everton, Bolton, and Fulham as well as two visits to London - a trip to West Ham United and rather more importantly the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City.

Sometimes it's just better to keep quiet.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.