The Football Association have handed Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson a five-match touchline ban for his recent comments about referee Martin Atkinson.
Ferguson, 69, was found guilty of improper conduct regarding comments he made criticising Atkinson’s display in the loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
“You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that,” Ferguson told MUTV.
The ban takes into account a three-match ban for the comments made about Atkinson and also the activation of a two-game suspended ban that Ferguson was given last season for suggesting referee Alan Wiley wasn’t “fit enough” to keep up with play.
The ban begins on 22 March and also encompasses the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
Ferguson has also been fined £30,000.