Friday, 1st February, 2013

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has denied a Football Association charge of misconduct which has been levelled against him and has requested a paper hearing.

The 71-year-old was charged by the FA in relation to comments made after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on 20th January, which implied a match official was motivated by bias.

Now Ferguson’s response is known, with the Scot denying the charge, with the date of his hearing not yet having been set.

"Sir Alex Ferguson has denied an FA charge of misconduct in relation to post-match media comments made following Manchester United’s game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 20 January 2013", the FA announced on their official site.


"It is alleged the Manchester United manager breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias.

"Ferguson has requested a paper hearing, the date of which will be set in due course."

It remains to be seen whether Ferguson will be acquitted of the charge, but the Manchester United manager clearly believes himself innocent of the alleged offence.

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