Touchline Ban And Fine For Sir Alex

Yesterday Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was given a touchline ban and a fine after comments he made about referee Alan Wiley. United drew 2-2 with Sunderland at Old Trafford earlier on in the season, after the game, Sir Alex said that Wiley was ‘unfit’.


Sir Alex was given a four game ban, two of which are suspended until the end of the 2010/2011 season. The games, which Sir Alex will miss, are Everton at home and Portsmouth away. He was also fined £20,000 and warned about his future conduct.

Commission Chairman Peter Griffiths QC said: "Each member of the Commission recognised Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievements and stature within the game. Having said that, it was made clear to Sir Alex that with such stature comes increased responsibilities.

"The Commission considered his admitted remarks, in the context in which they were made, were not just improper but were grossly improper and wholly inappropriate. He should never have said what he did say.”

There isn’t much that I can say about this, I have already said that Sir Alex shouldn’t have said what he did. On the other hand, managers shouldn’t have cameras shoved in their faces straight after a game when emotions are still raw; things are going to be said.

The £20,000 fine won’t affect him and I don’t think the touchline ban will be too much of a problem. You don’t really see Sir Alex on the touchline during a game unless things are going really badly.

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