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Ferguson: Result was 'a travesty'


Sir Alex Ferguson (centre)

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre)

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre)

Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Newcastle "a travesty" as he tried to take in the Magpies' controversial equaliser at Old Trafford.

The hosts were leading through Javier Hernandez's second-half effort when Rio Ferdinand slid in on Hatem Ben Arfa. Referee Mike Jones indicated a corner, only for linesman John Flynn to signal for a penalty.

TV replays indicated Ferdinand's challenge had been legal but after discussing the decision with Flynn, Jones refused to overrule his assistant and Demba Ba tucked home the spot-kick. And Ferguson said: "To not get the three points from that is just a travesty. It was everyone's view, including the referee."

He added: "He thought Rio won the ball and gave a corner. He has let the linesman overrule him."

Ferguson recounted an incident in the home game against Sunderland earlier this month, when a linesman flagged for a penalty, only for referee Lee Mason to, correctly, give the decision in United's favour as an example of what should have happened.

"We had a situation a few weeks ago," he said. "The linesman gave a penalty for a handball, which was obviously an opponent's hand.

"He was put in a terrible quandary. He didn't know what to do. But he knew full well it was a handball from an opponent and overruled the linesman. That is what he should have done today."

United players surrounded Jones at the final whistle, with Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Wayne Rooney particularly upset as they made their way off the field.

However, Newcastle deserved some credit for the barrage of late attacks they managed to withstand, despite having Jonas Gutierrez sent off.

Tim Krul made a string of fine saves, former United defender Danny Simpson denied Hernandez with a magnificent goalline clearance and the Mexican had an effort ruled out for offside deep into stoppage time.