Author Topic: 26th Nov-shameful Ferguson heading for ban as he slates linesman v Newcastle  (Read 2450 times)

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Ferguson might be the most successful manager in history but the guy has no class or style.

His comments today that the linesman should never be given another match just because he had the audacity to award a penalty against Man United at Old Trafford.

I agree with him that the linesman are not full time professionals, as we've pointed out before, linesmen get £35 a match and have to provide their own kit. I agree with him it's laughable.
http://www.trophy4toon.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1702.0

What's also laughable is that a global multi million pound industry as is the Premier League is not allowed to use technology to get the decisions right as every other sport does now.

So Ferguson should show some class and style, rise up a level and have a word with the Premier League for not having professional officials and Sepp Blatter for living in the dark ages regarding officiating.

What he should not do is slaughter the poor bloke who's prepared to run up and down the line at Old Trafford waving a flag in front of 73,000 fans in the stadium and probably 70 million fans globally, all for £35.

The travesty is not the linesman, it's the Premier League and Sepp Blatter.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson may face FA rap following linesman blast
Sir Alex Ferguson could face a Football Association investigation after questioning whether assistant referee John Flynn should “ever get a game again” following his involvement in a controversial penalty which handed Newcastle a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Anger management: Sir Alex Ferguson vents his rage from the sidelines Photo: PA
By Mark Ogden9:58PM GMT 26 Nov 2011 43 Comments
Ferguson’s post-match interview with United’s in-house television channel MUTV appeared to be clumsily edited while he discussed the performance of referee Mike Jones and his assistants, but on other television networks he labelled the penalty decision as “one of the worst I’ve ever seen” and a “travesty”.

The United manager was given a five-match touchline ban and a £30,000 fine for comments made about referee Martin Atkinson following Manchester United's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last season and the FA could now review Ferguson’s comments about linesman Flynn, whose role in the penalty incident was to signal to Jones that Rio Ferdinand had fouled Hatem Ben Arfa, despite the referee initially awarding Newcastle United a corner.

“Everyone, including the referee, was astounded,” Ferguson said. “He was put in a terrible position. Why can’t the referee overrule it when he is only eight yards away? The problem is that the referees are full-time and the linesmen are not and, whether he ever gets a game again, the assistant referee, is not for me to decide, but it was an absolutely shocking decision.
“I didn’t think anyone in the ground thought it was a penalty apart from the assistant referee. The referee thought it was a corner. He was nearer to it. He was only eight yards away. It was an absolute travesty.
“It costs you. Two years ago, when the linesman gave an offside goal against Chelsea it cost us the league, so hopefully we’re not saying that at the end of May.”

Mystery surrounded Ferguson’s post-match comments on MUTV because a white flash was clearly visible after a mention of the penalty incident and before the manager moved on to discuss other incidents in the game.

United were unable to confirm whether the interview had been censored but Ferguson’s ban for criticising Atkinson last season was as a result of comments aired on MUTV, when he called for a “fair referee” after the defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Ferguson, who also earned a lengthy ban for labelling Alan Wiley “unfit” to referee following a Premier League clash against Sunderland in October 2009, said that Cheshire official Jones should have followed the example set by Lee Mason earlier this season who had dismissed a similar decision by his assistant during United’s home win against Sunderland.
Ferguson said: “If you look a few weeks, ago the linesman [Jake Collin] did the same – gave a penalty that was never a penalty and the ref [Mason] overruled it. So why can’t he [Jones] do it when he was so near to it – only eight yards away?

“That was one of the worst decisions I have ever seen. He said he thought Ferdinand touched it and won the ball and he gave a corner kick. But he let the linesman overrule him.”
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/8918291/Manchester-United-manager-Sir-Alex-Ferguson-may-face-FA-rap-following-linesman-blast.html
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So here he is, the humble bloke who had the audacity to mistakenly award a penalty against Man United at Old Trafford.

Think nothing of him being a mere RAF Flight Sergeant probably earning around £50k a year. When £10 million a year Wayne Rooney says you are wrong then you better do as your told.

But given John Flynn has done 6 tours of duty in Iraq and 3 in Afghanistan you hope he has a bit more perspective on life and making a mistake with a flag in a football match is not the end of the world.

No one in football is really interested in getting these decisions right or they would invest in technology and have full time officials in the Premier League. But they clearly like the additional publicity they get from controversial decisions and the fuss people like Ferguson make.

It's all truly pathetic really.