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Ferguson won't appeal touchline ban

The Football Association have confirmed Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will not appeal his five-game touchline ban.

Ferguson received the punishment on Wednesday for his comments about referee Martin Atkinson following the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

Ferguson was critical of the FA's decision to ban him, but the FA confirmed Ferguson will not appeal.

The governing body have also accepted a request for his suspension to begin immediately, which means he will not be in the dugout for the Barclays Premier League game against Bolton but would be able to return for the potentially crucial league game against title challengers Arsenal in May.

An FA statement read: "The FA can confirm that Manchester United will not be appealing Sir Alex Ferguson's five game touchline ban.

"Manchester United have also requested that the ban starts with immediate effect. This has been accepted by the FA."

Ferguson, who was also fined £30,000, hit out at the punishment.

His decision not to appeal comes after waiting for the written reasons for the decision to be received at Old Trafford on Thursday.

"It is disappointing," said Ferguson. "It is the only industry you can't tell the truth in. It is in the past and it is not worth it."

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