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.