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Fergie to back down?

Alex Ferguson may be forced to abandon his boycott of the BBC, after the Premier League and the League Managers Association (LMA) applied pressure on the Manchester United manager to drop his six-year grudge against Auntie.

Ferguson has refused to talk to the BBC ever since they broadcast a Panorama called Father and Son, which accused Jason Ferguson – then a football agent – of dodgy business practices, and he has said he won’t back down until they apologise. However the Premier League has said he will face a sliding scale of punishment if doesn’t speak to Match of the Day and 5 Live (it has brought in a rule saying that managers must speak to all broadcasting rights-holders), while LMA chief executive Richard Bevan has tried to get the United boss to back down. However Fergie has been plain and clear about the his feelings.

‘The BBC is the kind of company that never apologise, and they never will apologise,’ he said back in 2007. ‘They did a story about my son that was a whole lot of nonsense. It was all made-up stuff, brown paper bags and that kind of carry-on. It was a horrible attack on my son's honour and he should never have been accused of that.

‘But it is such a huge organisation that they will never apologise. They don't even care if you sue them or whatever, because they are so huge and have insurance. They carry on regardless and it's breathtaking.’

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