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No bullet for swear devil

ALEX FERGUSON will face no further action over his four-letter attack on the English Football Association.

Although Ferguson has welcomed the possibility of Manchester United supplying eight members of Fabio Capello's 23-man England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales when it is unveiled tomorrow evening, he could not resist a sideswipe at the FA, with whom he has historically had a fraught relationship. “They treat us like s**t,” said Ferguson.


Principally, Ferguson is still annoyed at the five-match touchline ban he was forced to serve last season following a forthright attack on the performance of referee Martin Atkinson during a controversial defeat at Chelsea. A month later, Wayne Rooney had to serve a two-game suspension when he was found guilty of misconduct when we swore into a TV camera at West Ham. That penalty was particularly damaging because it meant Rooney was forced to miss the FA Cup semifinal defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.

So, it makes the prospect of what may happen this weekend somewhat bittersweet for Ferguson. “The FA may one day realise who has produced more players for their country than any other club in the world,” he said. “Maybe they will get some joy from it at some point in their lives and realise how important we are to England. “But we are pleased for the players because they deserve to be there. They are outstanding.” Meanwhile, ahead of tomorrow's Premier League encounter with Arsenal at Old Trafford, Ferguson has backed Arsene Wenger's decision to sell Samir Nasri.


The loss of Nasri to Manchester City, so soon after Cesc Fabregas left for Barcelona, is one of the key reasons why the Arsenal support have started to become disenchanted with their illustrious French manager. Having operated in the same highly pressurised Premier League environment together for 15 years, Ferguson has some sympathy with his one-time adversary.

And in Nasri's case, Ferguson does not believe Arsenal had any option, other than to accept the £24million on offer from City. “We are all in the same boat,” said the United chief. “When a player gets to the last two years of his contract you have an issue. “One: you persuade him to sign a new contract. Two: he doesn't want to sign a new contract. “Three: when he gets to that last year it is almost inevitable you have a problem. “We have had issues at times with players getting into the last year. We are not alone.

“When a player is not going to sign a contract you can threaten to keep him for another year and not get anything for him or capitalise and get the money. “It is sensible to take the money.”