Alex Ferguson in whinging at ref SHOCKER

Alex Ferguson has been complaining about referees again. This time it’s in the wake of Manchester United’s loss to Chelsea in yesterday’s Community Shield, in which he thought Michael Ballack should have been sent off for his challenge on Patrice Evra, which had United players appealing to referee Chris Foy for the ball to be put out of play while Chelsea broke away and scored their second goal.

‘If the referee sees it properly, it's a red card,’ Ferguson said. ‘He's elbowed him clearly. The referee's in line and had a clear view so Ballack's lucky. But he's made a rod for his own back. He'd stopped the game twice already: when Nani was down and on a second occasion when Ballack went down. We've seen that before with him. I spoke to the referee and he said it was serious and Ballack needed treatment, though he was up straight away.

Now free from the shackles of having Cristiano Ronaldo rolling around all over the place, Fergie also feels the need to clamp down on cheating. Yes, really.

‘The least he should have done is stop the game. When players are acting to get the game stopped, when they lose possession and lie down ... it's an area I'm concerned about. We've got to find a solution to that. You see it all the time when teams attack and then the other side go on a counter, so a player lies down in the penalty box to try and get the game stopped. It's not right. The referee didn't get it right today. You have to be consistent and he blew twice but not the third time.’

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