Football manager Sir Alex Ferguson gets five-game ban
17th March 2011 - Alma Shera
Manchester United football manager Sir Alex Ferguson has received a five-match touchline ban from the FA, following criticism of referee Martin Atkinson.
After his side lost 2-1 against Chelsea on March 1st, Ferguson questioned Atkinson's handling of the game and, in particular, his decision not to send off Chelsea's David Luiz with the score tied at 1-1.
"You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway - and we didn't get that," he told MUTV.
The comments landed him in hot water with the FA, who handed him a three-game ban, activating the suspended two-game ban that had been hanging over his head since another outburst against Alan Wiley.
Football manager Ferguson will now have to watch Premier League soccer games against West Ham, Fulham, Everton and Arsenal, while he will also not be able to take his seat on the Wembley bench for the FA Cup semi-final against local rivals Manchester City.
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