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FA Admit “Minor Breach”

So desperate are the FA to punish Manchester United, they charged Sir Alex Ferguson for complimenting referee Howard Webb.

On the same day, Ancelotti also sung the praises of Webb, yet no charge was made.

When Harry Redknapp was asked about the charge, he agreed it was silly, before going on to call Webb the best ref in the country, ahead of his team’s game against Liverpool which Webb was the ref for.

As yet, Fergie is the only referee the FA have chosen to charge, although have confirmed there will be no punishment.

“A regulatory commission has warned Sir Alex Ferguson as to his future conduct,” said an FA statement. “Ferguson was charged with improper conduct, relating to his pre-match media comments made about the match official Howard Webb on 6 May 2011. The chairman of the commission made the following statement following the hearing: ‘This rule was brought in at the start of the 2009-10 season and this was reiterated formally to all clubs again on 21 October 2010. This is a clear breach of the rule and it is the first time such a matter has been placed in front of a commission. As a result of this charge the commission were aware of other occasions where pre-match comments were made by other managers. In this case, it was considered to be a minor breach, but a breach nevertheless, and it should be taken as a warning to all managers in the future that any such breach, even positive comments, are likely to result in a charge by the FA.’”

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  1. sachu says:

    it was a deflected goal

  2. Saad says:

    Thanks, people.

    This Jordan Slew is an England international. Any good?

  3. Saad says:

    Attendance: 30,000. That’s amazing! And apparently the largest home crowd Sheffield United have had, even for their senior team!!!

  4. dannysoya says:

    Will keane is so slick. DAMN. what a player.

  5. sachu says:

    no need to sign anybody other a GK THIS SUMMER pogba and morrison are great also thorpe is good

  6. Saad says:

    W.Keane reminds me of Teddy Sheringham.

  7. Tannor says:

    Those watching de youth fa cup, whats happening to our defence? This is de 2nd equalizer. Come on future reds!

  8. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Argie Troll and Berbagod level on goals now ;-(

  9. sachu says:

    stew is excellent

  10. sachu says:


  11. says:

    @NRD – just saw that one, looks like he is wanting to win it…Berba will need to score on sunday.

    Not that I care much about this meaningless goal, but still want the Berb to win it more than anyone.

  12. sachu says:


  13. NotoriousRedDevil says: – I have serious financial implications involved. League is def more important but he deserves it. Wish he had got more minutes even off the bench.

  14. sachu says:

    2-2 FT

  15. Saad says:

    Good result. Let’s hope we also get 30000+ at OT and spur the boys on.

  16. man_utd_19 says:

    Great game, enjoyed it, whole team played well!

    Some great prospects… Pogba never fails to impress, top class that lad
    Was also impressed by Van Velzen

  17. dannysoya says:

    2-2.good game. do away goals count?

  18. TonyBee says:

    2-2 final score first leg….

  19. says:

    @NRD – well, it will come down to sunday then….City play Bolton away while we are at home, need the Berb to score.

  20. man_utd_19 says:

    To all those asking, away goals don’t count in the FA youth cup

  21. Richard says:

    So basically, the FA are saying Don’t compliment, don’t ask for fairness, and United players and staff are not allowed to swear.
    What else does the FA have jammed up their ass?

  22. Saad says:

    So basically, the return leg at OT is a winner-takes-all affair. Good! Should be exciting.

  23. Gandalf says:

    Great match the youth cup game… both sides played well, but I think United were superior in passing and creating chances. Both their goals come from long range effort and deflection… we could have scored a couple more… tunniclif had a couple of great chance late in the game.

    Overall United played really well, I’m impressed by how mature the side seems to be. Future looks really bright for these kids. GK Johnstone looks good too.

    The ref!!! gosh, he was inconsistent to say the least. made some really bizarre decisions, at least wasn’t rash and bring out cards all the time!

  24. Alex says:

    Berbatov doesn’t have the character necessary to be a Manchester United player.

  25. 3Generations says:

    First time post here.
    Hello all true Reds.
    Just bought my tickets for the 2nd leg at OT looking forward to seeing the Youth / Future next week…
    and enjoying some good banter with the true ManUtd fans I see on this blog.

  26. MUFCReidy says:

    Getting beyond a joke now! Unless we play the same line up on Sunday as we do in the European Cup final, we’ll get charged for fielding a weakened team!

  27. byron1970 says:

    The FA literally would not be out of place in a Monty Python’s sketch. They have just made themselves look like complete fucking morons in every aspect of this farcical situation. The initial charge was a joke, everyone said it was a joke, and now this FA statement is like the puchline to round it all off. Unless I’m mistaken Sir Alex hasn’t even responded to the charge, so here we have a situation where everyone is just standing back and laughing at them while they embarrass themselves with every action/statement they make.

    Take this line, “This is a clear breach of the rule and it is the first time such a matter has been placed in front of a commission”. They only acted because someone brought it to their attention, a fact which was confirmed by those mupetts on the Sunday Supplement show. Apparently in the end the FA had to warn Ancelotti of his comments because a reporter rang them up and said something along the lines of, how come you haven’t charged Ancelotti as he said virtually the same thing.

    I dread to think the salaries that some of these clowns are on. I’m mean it’s not like they have anything better for doing, like maybe making some sort of an effort to try and stamp out the type of sick chants we heard from City fans in the Blackburn game a few weeks ago, chants which were clearly audible to millions of TV viewers.

  28. oneloveoneunited says:

    Hey guys, no surprises here. The FA are spineless cunts anyway.

    Anyway, check this out for Sunday apparently:

    Looks brilliant.

  29. fergie is the boss says:

    NotoriousRedDevil – dont you mean eddie munster

  30. Clint-IamYourPapii says:

    A Great* man once said


    Now That Very Man Is a Fact, A Fact In The Unemployment Figures.

    ( Im Humouring this chauffer)

  31. NBI Red Onion says:

    We need to go for the killer option. Please start a twitter tweet saying the FA had the affiar with Imogen. In fact I would not be surprised if the chairman of the FA slept with Imogen and is now trying to blame it on Giggs as a United player.

    We must do it. We must get a super injunction against the FA, they have screwed us enough, we feel violated, thus tawdry affair must end, they must be gagged.

  32. sandeep1878 says:

    i wish Osama Bin Laden had taken FA with him

  33. knightsmith says:

    On another note, have a look at this brilliant picture!

  34. StatesideAussie says:

    I am not sure if anyone else saw this, but it is so fucking funny, I just couldn’t resist. We were all quite rightly pissed off that the FA didn’t charge Ancelotti — but now the full story emerges. Turns out it has nothing to do with corruption or ABU hatred or anything like that. Just, er, stupidity. According to Sam wallace in The Independent, Ancelotti wasn’t initially charged for the simple reason that his comments originally appeared only in (get this) The Ealing Gazette and no-one at the FA read that. Hilarious. Sort of. Apparently, the mainstream press didn’t think Ancelotti’s comments rated any space, so they never covered it. Later, when the storm erupted over the FA’s charge at SAF, Ancelotti’s comments finally came to the surface, and he in the end, was also charged. But, as Wallace points out, the whole thing has been a farce. The rule is, essentially, unenforceable, because (a) the FA can monitor what managers say in the mainstream press, and not all managers get coverage there. Consequently, some managers can say what they like, because it never gets reported in the national press, unlike Sir Alex, whose every word is reported. So it’s inherently unfair. And (b) now that they have let off Sir Alex and Ancelotti, if they were punish anyone in future, that would be seen as unfair. Stupid rule, invented and policed by stupid people. Idiots, the lot of them.

  35. Louis says:

    @stateside aussie
    The world is a funny place.


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