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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his assistant Carlos Queiroz have been found not guilty of improper conduct.

The pair had been charged following their criticism of referee Martin Atkinson and Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) general manager Keith Hackett after the 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth in the FA Cup.

United had a claim for a penalty turned down, before Atkinson awarded Pompey a spot-kick and sent off goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak after he had brought down Milan Baros.

Ferguson was furious after the game, saying: "Managers get sacked because of things like that and he's going to referee a game next week.

"He [Hackett] is not doing his job properly and he needs to be assessed.

"I'm assessed as a manager, players are assessed, referees should be assessed properly by the right people. That performance should not be accepted by our game."

Queiroz was also unhappy with Atkinson's officiating but the pair have now been cleared by the Football Association.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_3622094,00.html
 

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Nice to see fergie & queiroz cleared, I totally agreed with the bad decision that were made on that day, Cost us on winning the treble

Martin Atkinson & Keith Hackett
 

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Hey I was at that game and Fergie had every right to be angry with the ref, he was absolutely awful and what ever happened to free speech and the right to say what you feel? Has that gone out of the window? Fergie was pissed off at the ref too on MUTV.

It's ridiculus how managers are getting fines for saying what they really think, bloody hell, I thought we had a right to free speech on this planet.
 

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GeordieMancunian said:
Hey I was at that game and Fergie had every right to be angry with the ref, he was absolutely awful and what ever happened to free speech and the right to say what you feel? Has that gone out of the window? Fergie was pissed off at the ref too on MUTV.

It's ridiculus how managers are getting fines for saying what they really think, bloody hell, I thought we had a right to free speech on this planet.
I agree. Officials decide games not players has never been more ably demonstrated than this game.

I love what Fergie said, it was repeated on mutv last night.

Basically "Hackett should get off his ass, instead of sitting in his eerie (an eerie is an eagles nest, very high up in the mountains and unaccessible). He needs to sort out his useless referees."

Dynamite said:
Is it necessary to use bad language, Keep it clean :)
thats ok
 

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FA ponder United appeal

The Football Association is considering whether to appeal against the decision to clear Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz of improper conduct.



The Manchester United manager and his assistant were charged over their criticism of referee Martin Atkinson and Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) general manager Keith Hackett after the 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth in the FA Cup.


They were found not guilty by an independent commission but reports later emerged that the main reason for them escaping action was a transcription error by the FA.


Queiroz had been transcribed as saying of Atkinson "that is my opinion of this robber today", when in fact he is believed to have said, "that is my opinion of his job today."


An FA spokesman has refuted suggestions that there was any such error, and confirmed that an appeal may be lodged.


However, the governing body will await receipt of the full judgement and 'written reasons' before considering further action.


"The charges were brought on more than just the issue of the word 'robber'," said an FA spokesman.


"At any disciplinary hearing the FA, as the prosecutor, argues its case, as does the defence.


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The English Football Association has decided not to appeal the decision to acquit Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz of misconduct charges, but has said it will review its powers to deal with media comments it deems "inappropriate".

An independent Regulatory Commission hearing found on 28 May that charges against the United pair were not proved.

The charges related to comments made about referee Martin Atkinson's performance in United's 1-0 FA Cup sixth round defeat to Portsmouth at Old trafford, and referees chief Keith Hackett.

The FA considered an appeal against the original ruling, but has decided against it. A statement on the FA website confirmed: "After careful consideration, including external legal advice, we have decided that an appeal would be unlikely to succeed given the limited basis on which appeals are allowed. An appeal would therefore not be the right course of action."

However, the FA remains disappointed that Sir Alex and Carlos were not found guilty of misconduct, adding: "We remain surprised and disappointed at the original decision and we want to reiterate our support for Keith Hackett, Martin Atkinson and referees collectively."

The FA also says that the outcome of the case has sparked cause for a review of the processes for dealing with such cases in the future.

"In light of the Commission's decision, we will review the process by which we address inappropriate media comments made about match officials by participants in the game," the statement continued.
What that means in plain english is the FA are going to change the rules, to suit themselves, so that Fergie does not do one on them, again!!
 
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