Date: 12th November 2009 at 7:00pm
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So, the FA showed they are the big boys here: they handed Sir Alex a two-game touchline ban and gave him another two match ban suspended until the end of next season. All for his comments about Alan Wiley’s fitness.

Peter Griffiths who chaired the Football Association regulatory commission said:

“Each member of the commission recognised Sir Alex Ferguson`s achievements and stature within the game.

“Having said that, it was made clear to Sir Alex that with such stature comes increased responsibilities.

“The commission considered his admitted remarks, in the context in which they were made, were not just improper but were grossly improper and wholly inappropriate.

“He should never have said what he did say.”


So Fergie has an increased responsibility due to his stature in the game? Well, that explains why Fergie is banned from the touchline at least once every season while Wenger got away with calling a linesman a liar after the 2007 Carling Cup final (Is it appropriate to say that the linesman lies about an event? Apparently.) and Benitez was merely warned after he said ‘The fourth official is a young referee and maybe he needs to calm down a bit,’ following his side’s 2-1 defeat at Spurs. Oh, he also mocked the referee with a gesture at his glasses.

But of course Sir Alex gets favourable treatment, that’s a fact.