Papers: Boss faces FA
Sir Alex fit for fight with FA
An unrepentant Sir Alex Ferguson will tell a Football Association disciplinary hearing today that he was right to criticise the fitness of referees.
The Manchester United manager is to appear before a four-man panel of the FA’s independent regulatory commission at Wembley to answer a charge of improper conduct relating to his outspoken attack on Alan Wiley last month.
But while Ferguson regrets the personal nature of the attack and will point out that he has made two apologies to Wiley, he stands by his wider message that referees’ fitness must improve and will make that point clear during his personal hearing.
Ferguson is hoping to escape with a fine and a suspended touchline ban, although it remains to be seen if the FA decides to make an example of him, given the outpouring of anger that greeted his remarks.James Ducker, The Times
Elsewhere, there’s widespread coverage of quotes attributed to Nani from Portuguese newspaper I
. The winger has admitted he’s been on the end of a few verbal blasts from Sir Alex, but insists he has no plans to leave OT. “Sir Alex is very complicated. He can go from complimenting you to just plain trashing you in a matter of minutes.”
Good news from The Telegraph
: it reports the FA has refused to consider retrospective punishment for Jonny Evans after the defender’s studs-up challenge on Didier Drogba on Sunday.