Sir Alex Ferguson charged with improper conduct by FA for comments made after Manchester United clash with Chelsea

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    By Ryan Benson

    3 Mar 2011 16:30:00

    Sir Alex Ferguson (Getty images)

    Sir Alex Ferguson (Getty images)

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged with improper conduct by the FA due to remarks made about the officiating in the defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday.

    Ferguson was left fuming after his side’s 2-1 loss to at Stamford Bridge, as the 69-year-old believed that goalscorer David Luiz should have been sent off, while he also disagreed with the award of a penalty after Yury Zhirkov went down following contact with Chris Smalling.

    The FA reportedly asked for a tape of an interview conducted with the club’s official TV channel in which he criticised referee Martin Atkinson.

    The United boss was also quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying: “You hope you get a really strong referee in games like this.

    “It was a major game for both clubs and you want a fair referee. You want a strong referee anyway and we didn’t get that.

    “I don’t know why he’s got the game. I must say that when I saw who was refereeing it, I feared the worst.”

    Ferguson has until 4pm on 8 March to respond to the charge.

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