Papers: Sir Alex faces fine
Ferguson faces Premier League fine
Sir Alex Ferguson faces a series of escalating fines, beginning with a punishment in the region of £1,000, after maintaining his boycott of the BBC in direct opposition to new Premier League rules. Ferguson's refusal to speak to Match of the Day 2 after Manchester United's thrilling 2-2 draw at Fulham today follows weeks of discussions behind the scenes in which he has come under growing pressure from the Premier League and the League Managers Association. United's chief executive, David Gill, has asked Ferguson to think closely about ending his grudge with the BBC, dating back to a Panorama documentary in 2004, entitled Father and Son, about the business activities of his son Jason, who was then working as a football agent. The threat of weekly fines appears to have made no difference, however, with Match of the Day
staff told before kick-off at Craven Cottage that requesting an interview with the United manager would be pointless.Daniel Taylor, The Guardian
This story features in several broadsheet newspapers; The Guardian also suggests a row is rumbling between the Reds and Dutch club Ajax: "Manchester United are facing the possibility of an official complaint from Ajax after persuading one of the brightest prospects in Dutch football to move to England."
The article continues, "Gyliano van Velzen, a Dutch under-16 international, has turned his back on Ajax's famed youth academy and agreed terms at Old Trafford in a deal that has incensed the Amsterdam club."
Otherwise, the papers are full of reaction to United's 2-2 draw at Fulham, leading on Sir Alex's so-called anger at Nani for missing the penalty.