Premier League - FA warns Ferguson and Ancelotti
Tue, 17 May 18:22:00 2011
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Chelsea counterpart Carlo Ancelotti have both received warnings from the Football Association for making comments about Howard Webb before their recent Barclays Premier League clash.
Both managers made positive remarks about World Cup final referee Webb ahead of the May 8 meeting of the title rivals at Old Trafford, contravening FA regulations which prohibit any comment - good or bad - about referees prior to games.
The governing body's regulatory commission warned Ferguson as to his future conduct in relation to the comments before issuing an identical judgement on the Blues boss.
"This is a clear breach of the rule and it is the first time such a matter has been placed in front of a commission," the chairman of the FA regulatory commission said in a statement.
"As a result of this charge, the commission were aware of other occasions where pre-match comments were made by other managers.
"In this case, it was considered to be a minor breach, but a breach nevertheless, and it should be taken as a warning to all managers in the future that any such breach, even positive comments, are likely to result in a charge by The FA."
Ferguson is unlikely to let the warning spoil his jubilant mood after leading United to a record 19th league title at the weekend but he may be more careful about what he says before Sunday's final league game of the season against Blackpool.
The charge, which came two months after the Scot received a five-match touchline ban for criticising referees, related to views expressed at a news conference before the 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League this month.
PA Sport / Reuters