Alex Ferguson escapes with slap on the wrist from FA

Alex Ferguson has been given a slap on the wrist by the Football Association over comments he made about referee Howard Webb.

Ferguson spoke positively of Webb prior to the match against Chelsea on 8 May, but despite that he still broke a rule that says he shouldn't be talking about referees at all prior to games, even if he wants to be nice about them. Which isn't something that happened very often, in fairness.

'It was a minor breach, but a breach nevertheless,' said an FA statement. 'This rule was brought in at the start of the 2009/10 season and this was reiterated formally to all clubs again on 21 October 2010.

'This is a clear breach of the rule and it is the first time such a matter has been placed in front of a commission. As a result of this charge, the commission were aware of other occasions where pre-match comments were made by other managers.

'In this case, it was considered to be a minor breach and it should be taken as a warning to all managers in the future that any such breach, even positive comments, are likely to result in a charge by the FA.'

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