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FA To Take A Close Look?

October 5, 2009

By Mick Hasselmore

The Scot lambasted Wiley’s fitness levels after watching his side snatch a dramatic 2-2 draw against Sunderland.

“The pace of the game demanded a referee who was fit. He was not fit. It was ridiculous,” he said.

Ferguson added on Saturday: “I was disappointed with the referee.

“He didn’t add on any time for the goal [United’s equaliser in injury time]. He played four minutes and two seconds. He was also walking up the pitch for the second goal needing a rest.

“You see referees abroad who are as fit as butcher’s dogs. [Alan Wiley] was taking 30 seconds to book a player. He was not fit.”

‘Blatant pen’ was turning point – Allardyce

During the game, Ferguson twice headed towards the touchline during the second half to make his feelings known about decisions made by the officials.

At one point, after he felt Anderson had been denied a penalty, he jabbed his finger at fourth official Mike Dean and then pointed angrily to the pitch.

Allardyce, meanwhile, said he had no choice but to speak out about Walton’s performance on Sunday, saying: “I try not to say too much publicly and say it through the system but unfortunately the system is not working so I have to be heard.

“People may say it is bitter or twisted, but I know I am 100% right because I am very professional in what I do. I research everything and [referees’ chief] Keith Hackett knows I am right.

“I don’t want to detract from Arsenal, but it was blatant.

“That decision wasn’t good enough and it had a major effect on the course of this game.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 6, 2009 8:45 am

    Fergie is looking for trouble with the refs, and the FA as well, could end up having to watch from the stands for some games if actions are taken against him, which surely is going to happen

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