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Red Devils boss Ferguson has voiced his disappointment at the call, expressing his belief that the verdict might have been influenced by Keith Hackett, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, and not Halsey.
The Scot said: "I understand Hackett told ref Mark Halsey to rescind the card and he wouldn't. So now he is refereeing in League Two this weekend.
"I do not understand how this has happened. If it had been a Manchester United player, Hackett would not have done this.
"This is going to have to happen all the time if a referee is considered to have made a mistake."

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Absolutely ridiculous ruling... completely undermines the referees!!!

I was under the impression that you have to be able to prove that the incident in question was not worthy of any card full stop... not that a red was given where it should have been a yellow... so basically the FA has decided that John Terry (England Captain who spat on a fellow professional, who always gets away with deliberately cheating, handling in the box etc.) was not only not guilty of a red card for his professional foul on Jo... but that he was not guilty of even a yellow card... which is an absolute disgrace to football that this has happened and as a protest every club should appeal every red card for the rest of the season ...

there should be a full on investigation into this its as bad as the match fixing in Italy !!!

Its blatent favouritism towards Chelsea rent boy scum! i cant beleive this has happened!
 

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FA to look into Ferguson remarks

The Football Association is looking into remarks made by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson about referees' chief Keith Hackett.

Ferguson claimed Hackett told referee Mark Halsey to rescind the red card given to Chelsea captain John Terry against Manchester City.

The United manager said Hackett "would never have done this for us".

Terry was exonerated on Tuesday and the referees' body said: "All matters of discipline are an issue for the FA."

Terry had been facing a three-match ban after Halsey deemed the tackle on City striker Jo was "serious foul play".

But the FA's Independent Regulatory Commission upheld Chelsea's appeal, meaning the England skipper is free to face United in Sunday's Premier League clash.

That decision clearly riled Ferguson, who will be without Nemanja Vidic for the same game after the Serbian defender was sent off against Liverpool on Saturday.


For me it is a surprise, a positive surprise

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari on the Terry decision

"My information is that Hackett told Halsey to rescind the red card and he would not do it," said Ferguson.

"If it had been a Manchester United player Hackett would never have done this for us."

Halsey has been removed from the list of Premier League referees for this weekend and will instead take charge of the League Two encounter between Chester and Shrewsbury.

If the FA decides to investigate Ferguson's remarks further, it will write to the United manager asking him to explain them.

BBC Radio 5 Live sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar explained: "There is a fairly high threshold for what constitutes opinion and debate about football and for an offence to be triggered it would have to be reasonably serious.

"The FA would see an accusation of bias like this as being something which required further investigation.

"The process would now be for the FA to write to the person who made the remark and ask for their clarification and any further disciplinary action would follow on from that - but that is some way off at this point."

Hackett is yet to comment, but a spokesman for referees' body the Professional Game Match Officials Board, of which Hackett is general manager, said he had nothing to do with the decision to rescind Terry's red card.

It is not the first time Ferguson has directed his wrath at Hackett.

After United's FA Cup exit at the hands of Portsmouth last season, Ferguson launched a stinging attack on referee Martin Atkinson's handling of the game and said Hackett was "not doing his job properly".

On that occasion, the FA found him not guilty of improper conduct.

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted he was pleasantly surprised that Terry had been cleared.

"I am satisfied because it is the first time I am a coach when they changed the decision of the referee," he said.

"I think only in England this would happen. In other countries the referee is the God.

"This time the referee said he made a mistake. For me it is a surprise, a positive surprise. The Football Association understands that the referee makes mistakes sometimes like you and me."

It was initially thought that Halsey had dismissed Terry for a professional foul on Jo, but he later clarified that the offence was "serious foul play".

That is described by world governing body Fifa as using "excessive force or brutality against an opponent".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/m/man_utd/7620692.stm
 

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eoininho said:
Absolutely ridiculous ruling... completely undermines the referees!!!

I was under the impression that you have to be able to prove that the incident in question was not worthy of any card full stop... not that a red was given where it should have been a yellow... so basically the FA has decided that John Terry (England Captain who spat on a fellow professional, who always gets away with deliberately cheating, handling in the box etc.) was not only not guilty of a red card for his professional foul on Jo... but that he was not guilty of even a yellow card... which is an absolute disgrace to football that this has happened and as a protest every club should appeal every red card for the rest of the season ...

there should be a full on investigation into this its as bad as the match fixing in Italy !!!

Its blatent favouritism towards Chelsea rent boy scum! i cant beleive this has happened!
I was under the same impression so has this now set a precedent and is there now going to be a spate of appeals this season everytime someone has a different opinion from the ref.
 

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I completely disagree with what Fergie is saying here I'm afraid, it clearly wasn't a red card, and if it was a United player it would of been overturne too.
 

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Nemanjaaa said:
I completely disagree with what Fergie is saying here I'm afraid, it clearly wasn't a red card, and if it was a United player it would of been overturne too.
It may not have warranted a red, but it certainly deserved A card i.e. a yellow,..

The FA cant downgrade a red card to a yellow, they have to decide that it was not a card full stop!

So basically the FA have said its ok to pull down an opponent as long as there is a covering defender.. you will not be given ANY card is what they have highlighted with this ruling!... and you can be double sure that if it was United it wouldn't have been the same outcome! Remember when Rooney and Scholes were banned for the red cards they got in the Amsterdam tournament.. Stevie G got a red card in that tournament the previous year and he wasn't given a 3 game ban...

Fergie talks a lot of bull in order to get ref's on his side, but I agree that the FA have different rules for United and 'do us' at any chance they get!
 

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we have to get over it,cause Sunday is looming and we need to focus on beating them.Fergie can complain till the cows come home,won't change anything.it always seems as though favouritism is given to the team we play against.I bet every fan of every team says exactly the same thing.So Terry is playing.we can deal with him,our boys are more than a match for anyone.so come on utd,go beat em boys.....:D
 
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