Belfast Telegraph

Ferguson clear after FA outburst

Sir Alex Ferguson will face no further action over his four-letter attack on the Football Association.

Although Ferguson has welcomed the possibility of Manchester United supplying eight members of Fabio Capello's 23-man England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales when it is unveiled on Sunday evening, he could not resist a sideswipe at the FA, with whom he has historically had a fraught relationship.

"They treat us like s**t," said Ferguson.

Principally, Ferguson is still annoyed at the five-match touchline ban he was forced to serve last season following a forthright attack on the performance of referee Martin Atkinson during a controversial defeat at Chelsea.

A month later, Wayne Rooney had to serve a two-game suspension when he was found guilty of misconduct when we swore into a TV camera at West Ham.

That penalty was particularly damaging because it meant Rooney was forced to miss the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.

So, it makes the prospect of what may happen this weekend somewhat bittersweet for Ferguson.

"The FA may one day realise who has produced more players for their country than any other club in the world," he said.

"Maybe they will get some joy from it at some point in their lives and realise how important we are to England.

"But we are pleased for the players because they deserve to be there. They are outstanding."


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