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Fergie gets away with latest outburst

Sir Alex Ferguson will escape any Football Association punishment over his comments about the referee Andre Marriner following Manchester United's defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

The United manager is already awaiting a date for a personal hearing over his attack on referee Alan Wiley's fitness this month.

As United contemplated the fallout from their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, their second of the season, Patrice Evra added his voice to that of his manager who was critical of Marriner's performance. The FA yesterday considered Ferguson's suggestion that Marriner, a Premier League referee for six years, did not have the “experience” to handle the occasion, but decided it did not break the rules.

After his manager stopped short of openly condemning Marriner, Evra questioned the referee's decision over Jamie Carragher's challenge on Michael Owen.

Asked whether he believed that the official's decisions had gone against United, Evra said “definitely”.

“Maybe the penalty, but I didn't understand the yellow card given to Carragher.”

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