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Fergie: Mason Has Put Himself In Terrible Position

Sections of the press today claimed that referee Lee Mason was put under pressure by the FA to write in his match report that had he seen Wayne Rooney swearing at West Ham, he would have sent him off.

Sir Alex Ferguson has today questionned the future of Mason’s career, claiming that he will now have to send off any player that he hears swearing near a TV camera.

There is anger among Mason’s refereeing colleagues who believe he was ‘used’ by the FA who wanted Rooney to be charged but wanted the referee to review his decision and come up with the conclusion that led to a ban.

“I don’t know if you can use the word fair any longer,” said Ferguson. “We put an appeal in. The lad has apologised for swearing but I don’t think we expected to get a result. It will bring us together. It is a plus for us. But the one I feel sorry for is Lee Mason. He has put himself in a terrible position. He has been put under pressure. There is no doubt about that. It is hard to imagine the referee would send a player off for scoring a hat-trick. But he has now put himself in the spotlight. If he doesn’t send a player off for swearing the question will be, has he got double standards. It is a very difficult position the lad is in. I feel for him. I really do. I don’t know where his career is going to go now. I think he was put under pressure.”

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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. Costas says:


    Believe it or not, Savage is on Rio’s side on this! They are both taking shots at the cunt. :lol:

  2. willierednut says:

    Costas – Ha ha, is that so? Says It all, when Lily Savage is on Rios side lol.

  3. parryheid says:

    Should we get through to the champions league final.How many of the Barca/Real players are likely to be missing against us.I don’t know how many of them are currently on a yellow but I would imagine when they play their Two ties against each other it will be raining cards with so much at stake for both clubs.I’m guessing a minimum of two and that will be Bonus.for us.

  4. carloc1978 says:

    have been reading all that on twitter even alan sugar digging at the dick morgan now . come on rio give that twat some stick. i bloody hate morgan god knows why anybody watches him on tv.

  5. MG says:

    Maybe I should start my own twitter feed

    What do you think Reds ;)

  6. MG says:

    Scary thought

    If I started a twitter feed I’d have a field day with the ABU media


  7. Costas says:


    Definitely. Although you’d have to restrict your philosophies to 140 characters. ;)


    Those were some of Savage’s tweets:

    @piersmorgan gotta say though your show Is good only 400,000 viewers /listeners behind my @bbc606 keep it up pal , love your work !

    @piersmorgan I’m suprised you can fit behind that bgt desk now ! Don’t they have gyms over there !

    @piersmorgan mate rub some Vaseline on your nipples cos your trouser belt must be rubbing on them !!

    I don’t think that Rio and Savage ever had a real animosity other than that league cup game.

  8. willierednut says:

    Carlton Cole has been charged by the FA for comments he made on twitter. Watch out Rio!

  9. slim says:

    i take it back, based on Rio’s tweet, if Nev is anything like him skysports could be beautiful again. Might i add that Rio is now my very own United Spokesman on twitter.Love it!!!!Thats right Rio you tell ‘em, We’re WINNING

  10. Costas says:

    Is England under a dictatorship regime?

  11. theboogeyman says:

    willie- It’s brilliant banter, Rio’s giving it to that idiot left, right and center. Along with Alan Sugar and Savage lol.

  12. theboogeyman says:

    Fuck me, I’m slow.

  13. willierednut says:

    Sugar, Savage and Rio tag team lol.

  14. MG says:



    140 words – what the hell – i’m always ready for a challenge ;)

  15. Costas says:


    Sorry. It’s 140 characters. As in 140 letters. ;)

  16. billybowlegs says:

    Fuck me-they`re all having a pop at Rooney on Have I got news for you…..that baldy smug fuck face cunt Ian laughing his ugly mug off…..Jack Dee,I used to like you,but alas you`re shit,so`s your little baldy fuckin` mate ….bunch of twats,you`re not even funny….and …and….it`s the fuckin` BBC….the same lot probably in with Gary “big-eared,crisp-munching-fuckin` retard” Lineker….get a grip…you really are a bunch of cunts…

  17. sandeep1878 says:

    he is heading for VRS.. The FA cunts shud be hanged in public with the ropes from the rent boys

  18. billybowlegs says:

    @ anyone who knows….how do I get on twitter??? he he he….

  19. billybowlegs says:

    can`t help but laugh @ sandi toksvig….is that really a human or summat? lol it looks like one of them little fuckers outta star wars….

  20. MG says:


    Double damn


    Could still do it though ;)

  21. King Eric says:

    Ha ha. Those rio comments are hilarious. Cheers costas. You tell him rio the posh public schoolboy toff cunt.

    Jeff winter is a fat attention seeking geordie bastard. Always thought he was the tough guy on the pitch.

    Fergie was very upbeat today and it was an absolute pleasue to hear him talking about us all being united and will be very difficult to beat. This is a siege mentality of epic proportions. I am fully expecting some teams to get a pasting the next few weeks.

    Kings. Hello mate. Posted a response to yours on the sorry it wasn’t a pen thread.

  22. WHAT??? says:

    @piersmorgan …I bet your in the mirror like “are my boobs really that big”


  23. napstar says:

    When Joe Kinnear was at Newcastle he swore 52 times into camera and FA didnt fine or ban him for being such an upstanding role model.

  24. ON says:

    Really looking forward to the game between Blackpool-Arse, the ref is Lee Mason…
    I do wonder if swearing in french counts though??

  25. Kings says:

    King Eric – Morning mate. Yeah saw that reply. Top post mate. ‘Football head cunt’, quality, like that! Yeah it’s amazing that these no brain cunts get to do the top programmes, contribute absolutely fuck all and get away with talking total bollocks. He’s a fucking tool mate. Remember Euro 2008 when he was going around wearing a Croatia shirt, saying that he is supporting the country of his parents birth? Obviously wanted someone to support and get on the bandwagon with due to the absence of Ingerlund. Then in the 2010 World Cup he was getting all patriotic about England. Cunt.

    Keys and Gray are the biggest pair of cunts I’ve ever had the misfortune of having to put up with over the last 20 years on Sky. So it’s appropriate that once they deservedly got the boot from Sky, they join another programme surrounded by people who fit their status – Total cunts. Yeah I heard about the comments on Hart. Do me a favour you pair of arse bandits, what the fuck has that little prick done to warrant any sort of recognition? The Bale plaudits are becoming more and more laughable. They are basing his merits on those two performances against one of the most overrated full-backs in World Football, yet against Madrid he went missing. Van Der Vaart doesn’t even play for 90 minutes due to his lack of fitness, so fuck knows how he has been placed amongst the shortlist. Nasri, fucking hell, that snood wearing mincing little cunt has gone missing in the last 6 months they have plastered pictures of him on trees with a reward for anyone who can find him. Wilshere? Oh fuck off. Chokers the lot of them. Remember 1999 mate? Exactly the same, we had Keane who was a country mile ahead of anyone in the Premiership, yet that Loreal mincing cunt Ginola won both awards based on his ‘wondergoal’ against the mighty Barnsley in the FA Cup. This time around it’s Nani – a player who has contributed more than anyone and no one comes close, yet he has been overlooked for a player who everyone considers the favourite to win, a player who like Ginola before had one good game. As for Berbatov, what an absolute fucking piss take that is. Top scorer in the league and has the football ability that no one comes even close to matching. Hope this is a good omen mate. Let those cunts have their awards as long as we win what really matters. They can all go and fuck themselves.

  26. Mattbw7 says:

    Hi Kings, it must have been either an ESPN game or CL game but Townsend was commenting on Rafael saying he would reserve judgement until he’s played against someone like Bale completely forgetting he’d him in his pocket at PL game at OT a couple of weeks previous, what made me laugh on Weds was the various pundits talking up Chelseas chances at OT as if we where johnny foreigner, tools the lot of them.

  27. Kings says:

    Mattbw7 – Hi mate. He is a fucking ignorant cunt that Townsend. Yeah obviously overlooking that fact that Rafael had him in his pocket and Bale failed to score against us in either game. That cunt Matt Dickinson was saying how Chelsea would win as Vida is the weak link. Cunts the lot of them.


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