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Fergie denies FA misconduct charge

ESPN staff
February 1, 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson has requested a 'paper hearing' © Getty Images

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has denied an FA charge of misconduct, following comments he made after the recent Premier League draw with Tottenham.

Ferguson had been asked to explain remarks he made in the wake of the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, in which he described United as having "history" with linesman Simon Beck.

The Scot was particularly irate at Beck for not flagging for a foul on Wayne Rooney in the penalty area, adding: "There was no way we were going to get a decision from him [Beck]."

Asked to respond to the charge - that he had accused an official of bias - by 4pm on Friday, Ferguson requested a paper hearing, which will include written submissions on the case.

"Sir Alex Ferguson has denied an FA charge of misconduct in relation to post-match media comments made following Manchester United's game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 20 January 2013," a statement read.

"It is alleged the Manchester United manager breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias.

"Ferguson has requested a paper hearing, the date of which will be set in due course."

Ferguson did not discuss the issue at his press conference on Friday, although last week he said he suspected the matter has become personal.

"That is what I have put in my letter exactly. But you never know the FA," he said. "We are high profile and the profile of me is such that the FA naturally panic as soon as the press criticise them.

"I think that is what you will find. That is why they have sent me a letter.Whether I think it is unfair or not doesn't matter to them really at this point. I just think it is more about me than what I have said."

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