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Sir Alex: FA were 'dying' to charge me

November 7, 2008

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed the Football Association were 'dying' to hit him with his latest improper conduct charge.

Ferguson is facing another fine and a touchline ban following his touchline row with referee Mike Dean after Manchester United's narrow Premier League win over Hull.

The United boss was fuming that Dean did not send off Hull defender Andy Turner for a foul on Michael Carrick.

That Dean then awarded Hull a penalty for an innocuous Rio Ferdinand challenge on Bernard Mendy only infuriated the Scot even more.

Ferguson has until November 19 to decide whether to contest the charge, knowing he served a two-match ban last term for a finger-jabbing rant at Mark Clattenburg following a defeat at Bolton.

The Scot has not yet decide his next course of action but he did manage a sideswipe at the FA, who he feels are delighted to have the chance to censure him once more.

``I have no reaction because I have not read the charge yet,'' he said. ``I am a bit surprised. But this is the FA. They were probably dying to send me a letter.''