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Sir Alex Ferguson's run-ins with referees

2007: November - Ferguson is charged with using abusive and insulting words towards an official by the Football Association following an exchange with referee Mark Clattenburg during Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Bolton. Ferguson was sent to the stands by Clattenburg for a finger-jabbing half-time rant.

December - Ferguson is banned from the touchline for two matches and handed a £5,000 fine after admitting the charge.

2008: March - Ferguson and assistant Carlos Queiroz are charged with improper conduct after criticising the performance of Martin Atkinson in their 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Portsmouth.

May - Ferguson and Queiroz are found not guilty by the FA.

November 6 - Ferguson is charged with improper conduct in relation to his behaviour towards Mike Dean following United's match against Hull on November 1. Ferguson marched on to the field immediately after his side's 4-3 win to remonstrate with Dean.

November 18 - Ferguson is given a two-match touchline ban and £10,000 fine after admitting the charge.

2009: October 5 - The FA write to Ferguson for an explanation after he accused Alan Wiley of being unfit following United's 2-2 draw with Sunderland on October 3. The United boss faced calls for him to be given a lengthy touchline ban by the referees' union Prospect as a consequence of the comments.

October 10 - Ferguson apologises to Wiley for any embarrassment caused by his comments.

October 19 - The FA charge Ferguson with improper conduct.

October 27 - Ferguson accepts the charge and requests a personal hearing.

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