martinezfergusonSir Alex Ferguson was charged by the FA for claiming that visibly overweight referee Alan Wiley wasn’t fit enough. After Wiley took an unusually large amount of time to book Anton Ferdinand in the second half, our manager accused Wiley of needing this time to take a rest.

Ferguson apologised personally to Wiley but was asked by the FA to explain himself before they charged him. Ferguson sent over his explanation and they charged him.

When quotes attributed to Wigan boss Roberto Martinez appeared in the press last night you had to wonder when the obsession with our manager and what he says would come to an end, with a hysterical reaction from Alan Leighton, the press and the FA totally uncalled for.

“At the moment the FA have charged him for saying that a referee was not physically up to scratch and the reality is that they have almost begged his forgiveness for punishing him,” Martinez was quoted as saying in Spanish sports paper, AS. The hysteria continues…

But Martinez has today distanced himself with the Benitez bandwagon, as he “categorically denied” making the comments and has referred the matter to the LMA. Hmm.

Martinez interview on the AS website