Monday, November 26, 2007


Furious Fergie faces date with the FA
BOLTON, England:
Sir Alex Ferguson faces an appointment with the English Football Association after being sent to the stands during his team’s fiery 1-0 defeat to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium. The Manchester United manager watched the second half of his team’s first league defeat over three months from the director box after an angry exchange with referee Mark Clattenburg in the tunnel at half-time. The dismissal will require Ferguson to appear before an FA disciplinary hearing and could result in him being banned from the touchline, although his biggest concern on Saturday was seeing Nicolas Anelka’s goal defeat his team and cost them three points in the bid to keep pace with Arsenal at the top of the table. “I told exactly what I thought and he didn’t like that,” said Ferguson of his flashpoint with the official. “Some referees don’t like the truth. “I just told him how bad I thought he was and he didn’t like that. But the game was becoming a shambles. “It was a feisty game. They set an aggressive tone and we were looking for protection from the referee but didn’t get it. It became a shambles, the first half, there was foul after foul after foul. “We got involved ourselves, giving silly little fouls away and we didn’t want to do that. We wanted to keep passing, wanted to keep the momentum going, keep the passing going. You’ve got use your intelligence to beat teams like that.