By Ryan Benson
3 Mar 2011 16:30:00
Sir Alex Ferguson (Getty images)
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.