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Thursday 26 April 2018

Let’s talk: Fergie ends his seven-year boycott of BBC

Mark Ogden

Alex Ferguson will speak to the BBC for the first time since 2004 this weekend after ending his self-imposed seven-year ban on speaking to the broadcaster.

Ferguson initiated his boycott of the organisation in 2004 after it made allegations against his son, Jason, in a TV documentary.

As a result, the Manchester United manager has refused to speak to any of the corporation’s football programmes, including Match of the Day and Football Focus, since imposing the black-out.

The Scot did, however, make an exception in order to present Sir Bobby Robson with a Lifetime Achievement award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2007.

Ferguson’s agreement to end his BBC ban has come following lengthy talks with the broadcaster and the Premier League, but the circumstances of his decision remain unclear.

A statement said: "Sir Alex and the BBC have put behind them the difficulties which led to Sir Alex feeling unable to appear on BBC programmes."

The joint statement, released on Thursday, follows a meeting between Sir Alex and the BBC's director general, Mark Thompson, and BBC North director Peter Salmon.

It added: "The issues have been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.

"Sir Alex will now make himself available to the BBC for Match of the Day, Radio 5 live and other outlets as agreed.

"No further comment will be made by either party on this issue.”

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