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FA accused of bottling it
The FA have been accused of being too lenient on Sir Alex Ferguson and "flunking" the Alan Wiley case despite making him the first Premier League manager to be banned from the touchline for post-match comments about a referee. The United manager will have to watch his team's next two games from the stands after being handed a four-match ban, two of which are suspended, at an FA regulatory commission hearing into his "grossly improper" and "wholly inappropriate" criticisms of Wiley as not being fit enough to officiate in the top division. Ferguson was also fined £20,000. However, Alan Leighton, the national secretary of Prospect, the union that represents referees, criticised the ruling as too soft. "From our point of view it is disappointing, the FA had a chance to make a point and they flunked it. To question the fitness of a referee is to question his ability to do the job and his integrity."
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian
Writing for The Sun, Antony Kastrinakis and Martin Blackburn reckon Nani is “gambling with his future” after allegedly criticising Sir Alex Ferguson. But in the Daily Mail the Reds winger has insisted that he doesn't have a problem with the boss.
The Sun's Mark Irwin claims Ji-Sung Park is another player set to feel the wrath of the United boss after the Korean declared himself fit to play for his country against Serbia and Denmark. Those claims however would seem to contradict reports that Reds fitness coach Tony Strudwick has travelled with the midfielder.
Most of the papers have chosen to focus on Wayne Rooney’s recent comments that he wants to remain at Old Trafford for life. This will be music to the ears of United fans following tabloid rumours linking him with a big money move to Spain recently.