The referee on Wednesday at Old Trafford – Mike Dean – did not report the behavior of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson who berated the referee at half time before the second half kicked off and he continually arguing with the linesman who had flagged Papiss Cisse for offside for Newcastle’s second goal – which Den overturned and let the goal stand.
Alex Ferguson ranting (again) on Wednesday
If Mike Dean doesn’t report the incident then I suppose there’s not much the FA can do about it – but they could have reviewed the video and seen that Alex was continually bullying the referee and linesmen during the game – and something should have been done about it.
But it wasn’t and sometimes we think Ferguson gets away with these things when other managers wouldn’t.
Alan Pardew was asked about the incident during yesterday’s press conference, and some had reported that Alex had a cordial discussion with the referee and no foul language was used – yeah right.
This is how Alan responded to the question:
“I think Mike Dean might feel slightly disappointed he didn’t do something about it.” “I think the pressure that was on him was tough for a referee to take. Sometimes when you reflect on a game you think you might have acted differently.”
“You do that as a manager and I think he might have done that as a referee.” “But it’s an emotional game and apparently they had a cordial discussion. I’ve had a few of those myself and sometimes I’ve ended up in the stands as a result of that cordial discussion.”
I was amused when one of Manchester United new players had said recently that Ferguson has the worst temper he has ever seen, but that’s hardly a surprise, and you can tell that by just looking at Ferguson’s face when things are not going well for his team, that he has a terrible temper.
And things weren’t going well for his team for large portions of the game against Newcastle.
What do you think?
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