FA charge Alex Ferguson over comments after Manchester United’s draw with Tottenham Hotspur

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Updated: January 30, 2013
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The English Football Association has charged Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson for the comments he made after this month’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur relating to assistant referee Simon Beck.

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A statement from the FA confirmed Ferguson has been charged with misconduct for implying “that the match official was motivated by bias.”

Ferguson was annoyed by the decision not to award a penalty to United when Spurs defender Steven Caulker seemed to bring down Wayne Rooney in the box in plain sight of Beck.

The Scottish manager called the decision “shocking” and said it was a “clear penalty” but the comments which broughthe charge related to his referral to a 2010 incident when Beck was officiating a match against Chelsea in which Didier Drogba scored from an offside position.

“It was a clear penalty kick but there was no way the linesman was going to give that – he gave them everything. He had a really poor game,” Ferguson said after the match.

“I am disappointed with him – we have not had a good record with him.

“With Chelsea a couple of years back, he gave onside to Didier Drogba and he was three yards offside. You remember these things because it is in important games and that was an important game today.

“It was a clear decision. And he was 10 yards away, maybe 12 yards away from the incident and he doesn’t give it. And yet he gave everything else.”

Ferguson now has until Friday to respond to the charge.

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