By Adam Hicks.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s pre-match comments about referee Howard Webb have resulted in a charge of improper conduct by the Football Association.
The comments came in the build-up to Manchester United’s crucial league game with Chelsea at Old Trafford last weekend.
United beat Chelsea 2-1 to leave them needing one point from their remaining two games to clinch a record 19th league title.
Speaking to the media in last Friday’s press conference Ferguson spoke about Webb saying: “He’s definitely the best referee in the country, there’s no doubt about that. We are getting the best referee and we hope it’s our turn for a little bit of luck.”
Although Ferguson’s comments were seemingly innocuous they breach the FA’s rules which prevent managers from discussing a referee prior to a match.
Sir Alex now has until 1600 BST on 16th May to respond to the charge.
The United boss recently finished serving a five-match touchline ban for comments made about referee Martin Atkinson after his sides’ defeat at Chelsea earlier in the season.
Man United travel to Ewood Park tomorrow to face Blackburn Rovers where they hope to gain the point needed to seal the title. But Ferguson and his men, if successful, will not be presented with the Premier League trophy until the last day of the season at home to Blackpool.
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