United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was fined 12,000 pounds by the
Football Association (FA) on Friday for comments he made about a
linesman, but avoided a touchline ban.
had been charged with misconduct after describing linesman Simon Beck's
performance as "shocking" when he failed to flag for a penalty after
Wayne Rooney was brought down in the area in United's 1-1 draw at
Tottenham Hotspur last month.
a television interview after the Premier League match, Ferguson also
made reference to an incident in a previous match against Chelsea when
Beck was on duty.
an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Sir Alex Ferguson
has been fined 12,000 pounds in relation to media comments made after
Manchester United's game at Tottenham Hotspur," the FA said in a
"It was alleged
that the Manchester United manager's post-match media comments implied
that the match official was motivated by bias."
Ferguson had denied the misconduct charge.
could have faced a touchline ban of up to four matches and will be glad
this did not materialise as he seeks to guide leaders Manchester United
to a 20th league title.
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