Ferguson’s Sad Lack Of Class Shows Through After Game

Alex Ferguson’s remarks after the 1-1 draw with Newcastle yesterday will in all likelihood not be looked on fondly by the English FA officials.

Alex Ferguson – at final whistle yesterday

Ferguson was furious at the penalty decision given to Newcastle yesterday, when the Red Devils were 1-0 up due to a Hernandez goal after 49 minutes, and the linesman John Flynn was adamant that Rio Ferdinand had fouled Ben Arfa in the box after 64 minutes.

And after consultation the linesman persuaded the referee Mike Jones, that it was indeed a penalty, and Demba Ba dispatched it effortlessly and that’s how the game ended up – 1-1..

A furious Manchester United manager, had this to say after the game:

I didn’t think anyone in the ground thought it was a penalty apart from the assistant referee,”   Note – there were just short of 76,000 Man United fans at Old Trafford – so he’s right there.

“The referee thought it was a corner. He was nearer to it. He was 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.”

“Bit it was an absolutely shocking decision.” “It costs you. Two years ago when the linesman gave the offside goal against Chelsea it cost us the league, so hopefully we’re not saying that at the end of May.

“You give Newcastle credit but we made so many chances you think it’s not going to be your day.”

Ferguson had the cheek above to question whether John Flynn should be sacked, and that is always a classless thing to suggest of anybody in the heat of the moment.

And that seems especially true of  Flyyn, who is a father of two and an RAF Flight Sergeant, who has served several tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq and is due to be shipped out  back to Afghanistan soon.

And we know the managers have to give their interviews immediately after the game, and it must be difficult since they still emotional about the game, but some of these managers also need to show a little dignity when things have not gone their way.

We would like to hear some apology from Alex Ferguson to John Flynn, but that is very unlikely to happen of course, but you cannot get personal with the officials like he did after the game yesterday, even if it was in the heat of the moment.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seemed to have a very different view of things after the game than the furious Scotsman:

“We deserved the point on a number of fronts I would say,” “One was the positive outlook we had on the game, especially in the first half where I thought we played really well and contained the ball and caused Man United problems.”

“You’ve got to remember it’s Man United, this is a really, really difficult place to come to have that attitude.” “I don’t even know where to start with the second half, it was all going off, but  there was some heroic defending.”

“I think the attitude and our defending probably deserved a point. The heroism in that box was unbelievable. It was a fantastic game and a great advert for the Premier League.” “The Newcastle players were Geordie heroes. They really were.”

Alex Ferguson may be an excellent manager and even the best British manager that’s ever lived, but he went down a notch or two in our eyes after the game, and that’s for his complete lack of class and dignity, because he  didn’t get the 3 points he so desperately wanted.

Don’t blame the Newcastle players because the Red s Devils have found goals so hard to come by recently, and they missed so many chances yesterday it was embarrassing, but the stalwart Newcastle players simply refused to help them out.

Good for them.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • panzer attack 912

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1


  • panzer attack 912

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #2

    wasn’t a penalty but they are given but was it not offside?

  • kilcline

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    I was in a box yesterday for the game surrounded by Mancs, they are a bunch of pricks. Vidic should have been booked at least 3 times.

    Fergie, you can f off too. Hope City win it for the next 5 years.

    Krul is the best keeper in the prem!

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    defo mate. carrick gets a touch on to hernandez who is just off.

    i think this was all in carricks plan to help us out at the death like.

  • alip123

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    As usual, most of the papers are going on about the penalty decision.
    Yes, we were lucky there, but surely we deserve more credit than we’re getting?
    If we finish top four in May, will we still be lucky?

  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    It was offside, ye, correctly judged that one.
    Oy, SAF, do u still rate Pardew? 😛

  • solano

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed is right, there is a sad lack of class from Ferguson. It’s also sad that he has to be addressed as “Sir” which is an indictment on the whole honours system which sometimes rewards characters who are particularly unpleasant in their chosen fields. Ferguson’s so-called “mind games” and accusations of “fixed” games in ’96 haven’t been forgotten in these parts.
    Newcastle played heroically yesterday and got little credit for a well earned point. HWTL.

  • mykindatoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Most managers have backed-off these kind of remarks, but not Sir Alex. How many mistakes did his players make? He never criticises them. It is always the officials who decide the results.

    In every other walk of life this sort of behaviour would not be tolerated. He shouted at the assistant for several minutes from the touchline. What happened to the respect campaign?

    Strip him of the knighthood for a start. It is just not appropriate to have to call someone who behaves like that “Sir”.

  • davybtoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    when will ppl start giving us credit first it was they havent played anyone yet no one ba man city has beat us not one team, drew with manu, spurs n arsenal, villa n qpr beat sunderland, blackburn, stoke, everton, wolves, fulham n wigan

  • terencelim

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Same old prick who threatened PGMO in the past 7 years.

  • ginkoh

    Nov 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    SAF is gentle only he’s on top. Otherwise he’s just bemoaned old man.

  • rickskin

    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Reading some of the newspapers, the back pages are all about Fergie twisting about that penalty. Nothing about the dive that got Guttierrez sent off, or Rooney assualting Collocini when he was on the floor. These things are all fine, cos’ it benefits him, f***ing horrible old red-faced t**t, I hope you end your illustrious career watching City lift all the cups you usually win.

  • Magforlife

    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    How many more times will will see a match official surrounded by man utd players and a manager defending their actions in fact joining in ? Thought all this was now stopped. Nothing will happen its Man U. Dont be surprised if we are fined for spoiling their plans 🙂
    Sick to death of the whinging pricks. Come on City !!!!!

  • magpie6699

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #14

    I think you are being hard on Sir Alex. When he said the result was a “travesty”, isn’t that an old Scottish word for “draw”?
    If not, I’m sure if he checks it out he will find the result was definitely a draw because each side scored one goal.

  • moonraker

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #15

    So was this the only contentious decision in the match or, indeed this season. Rooney should have been sent off for blatantly kicking out at Colo after the ball was gone. It was only Colo’s handshake gesture to Rooney that saved him; if C

  • moonraker

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    olo had rolled around as some do Rooney was off. HBA’s reaction was sound.

    Fergie is a pr*ck and he’s won his last major honour; the game’s up and it’s citiy’s turn now; retire Fergie while you at the top cos the only way is down now!!

  • Lee Dodd

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Ferguson Is Getting to Be a Bitter and twisted Old Man !!!!! He will Stoop down to Anything These Days. They Bully There Way to the Title Tha’ts How it is Done . Look at Rooney He Should Be banned for 2 Games and Vidic Sent off !!!! Wait until Jan the 4th We will get the 3 Points and 2012 will be an even bigger bad year for Twisty Ferguson wheN Man City Lift The Crown This Season… FERGUSON IS NOT AND WILL NOT EVER EVER BE FIT TO LACE SIR BOBBY ROBSONS BOOTS !!!!!!! A GENT AND A LEGEND… AND A GEORDIE ..

  • moonraker

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #18

    Cant see SBR stooping to those lengths after a game like that. Annoying thing is that Fergie actually benefits from it. You wait till the next penalty incident against them at Old Trafford; guarantee it isnt awarded unless the ref and linesman have the guts to give it. Then Fergie will refer to the one against us as justification! What a tw*t !

  • moonraker

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #19

    davy @9

    I think yesterday was the day they all sat up and recognised us as a force! And last week at City helped.

    One of the papers I read this morning is predicting us to beat Chelsea next week and the other has it as a draw.

    That’s the first time for years that has been predicted and I think I will be disappointed if we don’t win next week; normally I’m praying for a draw 🙂

  • bills-son

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #20

    If Barton had of done what Ronney did to Collo he would have been sent off – I guarantee it – and the press would have been full of it. But Rooney stays on the pitch – hows that? Shearer and Lawrenson are talking sh%te that it wasn’t even a booking.

    Plus, it was NEVER a foul on Hernandez for the free kick and Fabio should have been sent off.

    So Ferguson … go fk yasell.

  • Geordiedownunder

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Right where do I start with the match…
    Yes, the penalty was probably a bit fortunate, but no more than they deserved for all the effort, and any other day that would (and has) been given against NUFC regularly… I cannot believe how the commentators went on and on about it, all through the remainder of the game.
    I believe Sir A seriously expects too many of the decisions all the time and especially at home… what with “Fergie time” added at the end of their matches

    Now, Mr Rooney.
    His repeated kicking of Collocini after the ball was gone, should have been a red, but nothing, not even a talking to.
    I’m guessing here, but if that had been the other way round… against Rooney , the red would have been shown… don’t even mention if it had been Barton….
    Then, when Ben Arfa came up saying are you crazy, especially after what he has been through in the last 12 months getting over the De Jong mauling, Benny gets a yellow!
    Also, Rooney frustrated after not getting the ball because the ref was impeding him, pushes I think Ben Arfa, to the floor, again nothing.
    Last season Barton did that to a Norwegian, from memory, who fell to the floor clutching his chest and Barton saw red.
    Sorry, just read this back… I’m better now…

    Any way, a deserved point from Old Trafford… bring on Chelski next week.

  • The Carnivorous Badger

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #22

    I actually think Ferguson’s been much worse after other games, he’s usually this grumpy when something fair has gone against him – I’d cut him some slack.

  • moonraker

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #23

    That Lawrenson is such a patronising tw*t.

    To be honest the best one of the lot now is Gary Neville!

  • coyote

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #24

    fergie showed his true colours yesterday the whinging manc’s are just bad losers and don’t even like losing a point.
    the only thing fergie didn’t say was “this is old trafford refs don’t give penalties here”
    Shrek is just a thug and should have been sent off fort hat challenge on colo

  • coyote

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #25

    just seen Gary Speed has passed away – very sad he was a great servant to the toon

  • stuart no9

    Nov 27, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #26



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