Fergie's history of 'ref rage'
MANCHESTER United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been contacted by the Football Association to explain comments he made to the media about linesman Simon Beck following yesterday's draw at Tottenham. We look back at some of his other outbursts at officials.
Hit with a two-match touchline ban and a £10,000 fine for a sustained four-letter outburst at fourth official Jeff Winter during a game at Newcastle. Ferguson had been angered by some decisions made by referee Uriah Rennie and kicked a ball in frustration before remonstrating with Winter, for which he was sent to the stands.
Accepts a two-match touchline ban and £5,000 fine after admitting a charge of "using abusive and/or insulting words" towards referee Mark Clattenburg. Incensed by Clattenburg's failure to clamp down on Bolton's "over-aggressive tactics" during a defeat at the Reebok Stadium, Ferguson had ranted at the official at half-time and was sent to the stands for the second period.
Stung with another two-match touchline ban and £10,000 fine for shouting angrily at referee Mike Dean after a game against Hull. Ferguson fumed after Dean failed to send off Hull's Andy Turner for a foul on Michael Carrick and after the Tigers were awarded an innocuous penalty.
Receives a four-match touchline ban, two of which were suspended, for questioning the fitness of referee Alan Wiley after a draw against Sunderland. "The pace of the game demanded a referee who was fit. He was not fit," said Ferguson, who later issued an apology.
Punished with a five-match touchline ban and £30,000 fine for questioning the integrity of referee Martin Atkinson after a match at Chelsea. "You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway - and we didn't get that," he said. The remarks were deemed worthy of a three-game suspension and that triggered the suspended ban hanging over from the Wiley affair.
Escapes punishment after confronting Mike Dean, assistant referee Jake Collin and fourth official Neil Swarbrick to protest after a Newcastle goal was allowed to stand at Old Trafford on Boxing Day despite initially being ruled out for offside. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew suggested Ferguson should have been sent to the stands for his outburst but the Scot hit back at his counterpart, saying he was the manager of a "wee club in the north-east".