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Ferguson charged by FA

January 29, 2013
By ESPN staff

The Football Association has announced that Sir Alex Ferguson will be charged with misconduct over comments he made in the wake of Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

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Ferugson was irate at the performance of linesman Simon Beck for not giving what he thought was a "clear penalty" to United, when Wayne Rooney went down in the box following a challenge from Steven Caulker.

The Red Devils boss also labelled Beck's performance as "shocking", while adding that the official had 'history' with the club after failing to disallow a Didier Drogba Chelsea goal for offside in 2010.

"There was no way we were going to get a decision from (Beck)," Ferguson said.

An FA statement released on Tuesday evening read: "The FA has today [Tuesday 29 January] charged Sir Alex Ferguson in relation to post-match media comments made following Manchester United's game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 20 January 2013.

"It is alleged the Manchester United manager breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias. Ferguson has until 4pm on Friday 1 February 2013 to respond to the charge."

Ferguson has a long history of disciplinary charges with the FA. In March 2011 he was hit with a five-match touchline ban and a £30,000 fine for questioning the integrity of referee Martin Atkinson after a match at Chelsea.

He did escape punishment earlier this season, however, despite confronting Mike Dean, assistant referee Jake Collin and fourth official Neil Swarbrick during the Red Devils' game against Newcastle.