Ferguson charged by FA after criticizing referee

AP, Thursday 3 Mar 2011

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been charged with improper conduct by The Football Association over his harsh criticism of a referee following Tuesday's 2-1 loss at Chelsea


Ferguson was furious that Martin Atkinson failed to dismiss David Luiz when the Chelsea defender fouled Wayne Rooney, having already been booked.

Shortly afterward, Atkinson awarded a penalty kick when United defender Chris Smalling fouled Yuri Zhirkov and Frank Lampard scored the winning goal from the spot.

Ferguson said after the game that he had hoped for "a strong referee" and that "we didn't get that."

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