Fergie charged over ref rant

Image: Ferguson: Charged by FA

Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged with using abusive and insulting words towards an official by the FA.

United boss in dock over Bolton fracas

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged with using abusive and insulting words towards an official by the FA. The charge follows the exchange with referee Mark Clattenburg during Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Bolton. Ferguson was sent to the stands by Clattenburg following his half-time rant during United's 1-0 defeat at the Reebok, when the Scot told the official "exactly what I thought of him". Clattenburg included his version of the incident in his report of the game, which was examined by Soho Square disciplinary chiefs on Monday.

Aggressive

Ferguson was upset that Clattenburg failed to protect his players against what he claimed were "aggressive" tactics from Gary Megson's side, with Kevin Davies in particular irritating the Scot for his running duel with full-back Patrice Evra. "Some referees don't like the truth," added Ferguson after the game. The Scot must have expected the FA disciplinary chiefs were likely to take action once they examined Clattenburg's version of events and he now has until 11th December to respond. However, while his assessment of the situation was more measured on Monday afternoon, Ferguson was still clearly annoyed.
Aggrieved
"You can expect a team in Bolton's position to play that way," he said. "You expect a team near the bottom to battle, scrap and fight. "Obviously they do not have the quality of opponents like ourselves. That is why they we are in different positions in the league. "But the key thing is how the referee controls it. He is the arbiter in terms of the application of the rules of football. That is where we feel a bit aggrieved."

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