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Ferguson facing disciplinary action over linesman rant

AFP, LONDON

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reacts during his side’s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in London, England, on Sunday.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is facing disciplinary action by the Football Association (FA) after criticizing an assistant referee for denying his side a penalty in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.

An FA statement on Monday said the governing body had “contacted Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to ask him for his observations in relation to comments he made in the media following Manchester United’s draw against Tottenham yesterday [Sunday].”

After the match, Ferguson hit out at assistant referee Simon Beck, who kept his flag down despite Steven Caulker appearing to trip United substitute Wayne Rooney inside the penalty area in the 63rd minute.

“It was a clear penalty-kick on Wayne Rooney, but in no way was the linesman going to give that,” Ferguson told the BBC. “He gave them [Tottenham] everything else. We have not had a good record with this linesman — against Chelsea a few years ago he gave onside to Didier Drogba, who was three yards offside. You remember those things.”

In March 2011, Ferguson received a five-match touchline ban from the FA and a £30,000 (US$47,500) fine for questioning the integrity of referee Martin Atkinson after a match at Chelsea.

However, he avoided disciplinary action earlier this season, despite confronting Mike Dean, assistant referee Jake Collin and fourth official Neil Swarbrick during the Red Devils’ game against Newcastle United.

United, thanks to Robin van Persie’s early goal at White Hart Lane, appeared to be about to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table until Clint Dempsey’s stoppage-time equalizer rescued a point for Spurs.

United lead second-placed reigning champions Manchester City by five points.

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