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FA Making An Example Of Fergie

The former FA compliance officer, Graham Bean, claims the FA is guilty of making an example out of Sir Alex Ferguson because of his and the club’s high profile.

Ferguson was fined £30,000 and given a three match ban, on top of his suspended sentence of two matches, for saying that he wanted a “fair referee” after Martin Atkinson yet again made wrong decisions in a game between United and Chelsea which changed the result of the game.

Bean claims managers this season have been guilty of similar comments, calling in to question the integrity of the referee, yet have not been punished at all, let alone as severely as United’s manager.

“Where it goes seriously wrong for the FA is that there have been cases of managers in the Premier League making comments which have been a clear implication of bias against the referee, or questioning the referee, yet virtually nothing has been done,” he said. “The FA has serious questions to answer in terms of why they have not taken action against other individuals. There are two cases which we referred to in Ferguson’s defence against the Atkinson charge.

“Firstly, Roberto Martínez — three days before Ferguson made his comments at Chelsea — claimed after Wayne Rooney had clashed with James McCarthy that one of his players ‘would have been lucky to stay on the pitch’ had he committed the foul. That was a clear allegation of bias towards Manchester United, but the FA did nothing about it. Harry Redknapp, making comments about the referee and assistant after Nani scored a controversial goal at Old Trafford against Spurs earlier this season, said, ‘They [officials] will go in and come up with a story that will make it all look right, that’s what happens’. That was clearly worse, one of the major comments of the season, yet the FA did absolutely nothing about it other than send him a letter. That comment in itself suggested collusion between the match officials. The FA says it treats each case on it merits, but in effect they have bottled it on many occasions in terms of dealing with post-match comments by managers. That’s because they move the goalposts to suit themselves.”

Other examples of commensts claiming bias in the referee which went unpunished this season are when Tony Pulis said: “Surprised to see [Dean] back on one of our games with his record against Stoke.” Also, Roberto Mancini said: “It’s normal – the big club usually has different treatment.”

Bean went on to claim that the FA respond to media pressure which is why, after the reaction of the press to Ferguson’s comments, they decided to throw the book at him.

“The FA reacts to media pressure and Alex believes that,” Bean continued. “In all of his disciplinary issues we have made a point of noting that the media coverage of Manchester United is out of comparison to every other club in the country — it’s twentyfold bigger and that causes problems in itself. They are being punished because of their profile and not because of what they have done. In the Atkinson case, the penalty did not fit the crime. While the FA might say that Sir Alex or the club should know better, that’s not the way it should be.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. james says:

    I like turtles

  2. Whiteside says:


  3. Dre.FU= Forever United says:

    “The FA reacts to media pressure and Alex believes that,” Bean said. “In all of his disciplinary issues we have made a point of noting that the media coverage of Manchester United is out of comparison to every other club in the country — it’s twentyfold bigger and that causes problems in itself.
    “They are being punished because of their profile and not because of what they have done. In the Atkinson case, the penalty did not fit the crime.
    “While the FA might say that Sir Alex or the club should know better, that’s not the way it should be.”

    Basically exposes the blatant Anti-united bias the media has towards United.

  4. parryheid says:

    Sort of like Ostriches only they don’t bury their heads in the sand

  5. mattbw7 says:

    Is it ever going to change is it fuck, what the FA dont get is this just feeds into Fergusons ability to engender a siege mentality.

    I want us to win the FA Cup just to see the smug FA Twats have to hand over the trophy.

  6. gerkeo says:

    Win the FA cup but dont go up the steps to collect the trophy, treat those fuckers with the contempt they deserve

  7. Costas says:

    Of course no referee is ever made an example of for not doing their job properly.

  8. Dromarared says:

    Something needs to be done, but respect has to be earned and until refs are interviewed the same as managers things cannot improve. What is wrong with a ref admitting he got something wrong? What is wrong with a ref saying why he gave a decision.? We may still be upset at the decision but at least we have heard what happened. The same goes for use of videos. I just cannot see how that reduces the respect for a ref. They are human, I reckon it would take off some of the pressure on refs and they might even be better. At present refs must be thinking I am sure this is right but I’ll be crucified if it is wrong. if a captain was allowed say one or two referrals to video in a match then refs could relax a little.
    Of course United is being made an example of but when has it been any different.?

  9. RedToTheCore says:

    Finally someone has come out and said what most of us Reds think. Oh sorry being United supporters we are accused of being biased “because it’s us”
    Fuck the F.A and fuck small time fans with their small time bullshit…

  10. Whiteside says:

    Fucking hell considering the cost of Wembley and how long it took to build the fucker, we’re lucky the FA aren’t making England play friendlies every other week.

  11. gerkeo says:

    Bear in mind is this the same Graham Bean is now Sir Fergies adviser?

  12. ancha says:

    I have a fundamental Question

    Has the FA been like this throughout the last 50 odd years, if so why is it like that? if not when did it change to current outlook and how/why?

    someone please answer this one

  13. wiuru says:

    There is nothing new in over reaction by the FA to United … We get screwed at every chance by them .They fear people like Fergie because WE listen and agree with him !! Their grip on power depends on the ability to shut up ney sayers …

  14. ancha says:


    read that Anderson, park are travelling with the squad, does that mean Ando is back, expecting to see your prediction for tomorrow

  15. mattbw7 says:

    Rafeal and Rio back training, could be ready for Fulham!

  16. wayne says:

    this system is bent but the touchline ban is a joke if sir alex can still talk to the bench by phone whats the point? see how many times he was on the white phone against bolton, mike phelan must have been thinking not the fucking phone again thought is was pretty funny

  17. ancha says:


    what about ando?

  18. Costas says:


    Yeah, heard about it earlier today. In light of Fletcher and Scholes’ absences, I can see Ando starting tomorrow. Not sure how accurate I can be given our injury problems, but I am going to go with:

    VDS – Fabio, Vida, Smalling, Evra – Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs – Rooney, Berbatov

    Don’t see Park starting the game due to the amount of time he’s missed and Valencia and Chicha had a lot of travelling to do this week.

  19. ancha says:

    as you said it doesn’t make much difference in all the games but in the big games like pool,chelsea,arse,shitty it makes a.difference having the gaffer on the touchline, I think that’s the reason SAF didn’t appeal further as it would have lead to ban for the arse game too

  20. ancha says:


    I thought valencia played in Hague, it isnt far is it?
    I agree with your line up, but I feel valencia will play and ando may be on the bench, which means giggsy may play in the middle

  21. wayne says:

    is the ban just for premier league games or all games

  22. willierednut says:

    I heard Valencia didn’t play the other night?

  23. parryheid says:

    The people who run the whole shebang and resist modern technology in the game and I’ll take bets on this,All have computers and send emails,All carry a mobile in their pockets yet resist technology in the game unless of course its fucking about with the balls and such.

  24. dannysoya says:

    Absolutely correct bean. But you are only confirming what EVERY united fan has known since birth. Those in the F.A do not have a mind of their own. They respond to the stupid and clueless british media who don’t know what they are on about. SMH. It’s gonna continue so no surprises here. And to make it worse they put a Former Man city chairman in their board. If that doesn’t scream bias i don’t know what does.

  25. Costas says:

    @willie ancha

    I don’t know any details about Valencia lads. I just assumed that the game took place in South America and he played some part. If that’s not the case, then he could start tomorrow.

  26. Kings says:

    At last someone who acknowledges blatant examples of double standards within the FA. Nice one Graham Bean. Seems the people who are involved with the FA have the mentality of Mr Bean.

  27. eddieTheRed says:

    Respect is a two – way street and each side must walk down it and meet in the middle in order for true respect to exist; when the referees and the FA start to show respect for the clubs who generate the income which pays their wages then they will receive our respect in return!

  28. kanchelskis says:

    A cryptic prognosis from Rio on Twitter…

    rioferdy5 Rio Ferdinand
    Yes I am back ready for the final push…

  29. slim says:

    SAF is the the don up in this bitch. I simply love it, the way he’s tearing them a new one ,love the siege mentaity. We’re gonna shove the 19th title up their arse. Get in lads bring that trophy back where it belongs.

  30. Costas says:

    Just checked and as it turns out, the Ecuador friendly took place on Holland and Valencia didn’t play at all. So we could very well see him start tomorrow.

  31. wayne says:

    think park will get a run out tomorrow expect him to start against chelsea he needs the playing time

  32. mattbw7 says:

    sos Ancha, Ando had travelled for tomorrow expect him to be benched.

  33. King Eric says:

    “The FA reacts to media pressure and Alex knows this” Nail on the fucking head.

  34. King Eric says:

    Whats with this “I like turtles ” nonsense?

  35. CedarsDevil says:

    King Eric

    Each to their own mate! ;-)

  36. smartalex says:

    Does hammons ever notice any of the comments I have made to him? I don’t know.

  37. willierednut says:

    Sleep is not an enemy smartalex.

  38. FletchTHEMAN says:

    “…FA is guilty of making an example out of Sir Alex Ferguson because of his and the club’s high profile.”

    Scott buddy, And since when was THIS news?

    With the release this week of news that the FA and Clubs agreed to a renewed effort in the “respect” campaign I just feel that Sir Alex’s recent outburst must be viewed (in hindsight) as particularly bad timing. Ultimately, the FA are about a morally bankrupt a group as any and the feeling of increasing enmity from prem league clubs is only serving to cause a backlash.

  39. smartalex says:

    Halt! Who goes there? Friend or Foe? Ah, ’tis Sleep, my infrequent friend!
    I love to sleep, willierednut, but there’s no rest for the bedeviled!

  40. willierednut says:

    Hammons can’t work you out smartalex. Try sign language.

  41. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    On this matter Avram Grant has come out and said that the officials have cost West Ham 10 points this season. Thats what he’s said today. Now that may be true but so was Atkinson being a biased twat also. Watch fuck all get done to Bobby Moore Fc.

  42. King Eric says:

    Nrd. Hello mate. How’s it going? Yeah grant has certainly ensured that the hammers may get a decision tomorrow. The fat cunt gough referring to atkinson said the non sending off of luiz was “human error“. Yeah and? He then went on to say that it was just atkinsons “opinion“. Oh so that’s ok then is it gough ya cunt? It was an outrageous decision and gough refers to it as just an opinion as he may not have seen it. Fuck off. The refs are their to make the right DECISIONS not just have an opinion. You could not make this shit up.

    Regarding tomorrow yes it will be tough but we should see those fuickers off. We aint done bad their in the league the last few year, league cup aside. Its at this time of season that united WIN games. Come on you reds.


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