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Sir Alex Ferguson has issued the following statement:
“I apologise to Mr Wiley for any personal embarrassment that my remarks may have caused and to The FA for going public with my views.
“In retrospect, I accept that this could be deemed as expressing those views in an inappropriate forum.
“It was never my intention to bring the focus of intense media attention on Mr Wiley. I intend to contact him personally after I return from a trip overseas during this international break.
“I would wish it to be noted that I have always respected Mr Wiley’s integrity and that I did not state or imply:
· that Mr Wiley is a bad referee;
· that he was in any way biased;
· that decision-making generally during the game was poor, or
· that he missed any key incident during the game.
“My only intention in speaking publicly, was to highlight what I believe to be a serious and important issue in the game, namely that the fitness levels of referees must match the ever increasing demands of the modern game, which I hope will now be properly addressed through the appropriate formal channels.”
well done sir alex, once again proving you are class apart for having the balls to do it, dont ever remember other managers apologising, thats why you a class apart.
maybe alan pardew might get his long awaited one from the gooner camp and we might get one for the pizza incident and rafas rant.......................................not a chance as class is part and parcel of being a sir.
mufc, forever setting the standards other strive for
Just saw this thread. So is Fergie saying while Wiley is a good referee, he's still not fit enough to actually do the job?
I mean basically he stated he did not mean to imply things he did not say. And he also apologized for saying what he said in a public forum. But he did not apologize for what he actually said.
I'm not trying to split hairs here, but I'm not sure I'd accept this as an apology, and in fact would take it as another back handed remark, re-enforcing the original slur, that the ref is not fit enough to be a ref. I know you'll all say I'm biased against Utd and Fergie, but this is a statement from someone trying to be clever, smug or just plain cheeky, not someone with class.
"dont ever remember other managers apologising, thats why you a class apart. "
dumb fuck I remember practically every manager who is facing a possible suspension appologising.
He tried to save his own skin and quite predicably the appology was rejected
Apologising to Wiley may have been right but I really wish he would not have done so to the FA, he later said he hopes the issues he mentioned will be dealt with, so if he believed in what he was saying why apologise to the FA?
If the FA don't like managers making such coments they should ensure that managers are not tackled about the game until they have had time to clear their heads, 5 minutes after a game is not enough to carm down and if the ref has made a huge difference then the manager has the right to comment, everyone else does, so why not the manger?
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im with you on this clive, if a manager thinks the ref got it wrong they should be able to say so, but in a controlled manner, which again, would be after the game has dies down, as players and managers are still pumped up 5 minutes after a game. managers sometimes lose their jobs for mistakes made by officials, cup finals are lost by wrong decisions, so refs should be stood up and counted too, but in the light of the respect campaign, fergie overstepped the mark, shame really as he had a point.
should former ref dermot gallagher not be given a dressing down tho as he said fergie should not criticise his employees,which to me was questioning wiley,s integrity rather than having a swipe at fergie.
It would have been better if Fergie had the humility to accept his team wasn't going to win and not rounded on the Ref, who ran more yards than most of the players on the pitch!!!!!
But no, he says sorry and tries to wriggle out of it by saying he was mis-interpreted and his comments were meant in general and not at Wily.
SAF is not a class act as a person and does not deserve the title of Sir
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yes he should have acknowledged the fact we were shite, and probably iss trying to wriggle out of it, cant blame him, but he was given a sir for services to football and his unprecedented success, not for his tact, and he may not be a class act to some, but he has massive respect from fellow pros and managers as they all say he always has time for them and will always be available for advice, the only problem with alex is he hates losing and thats not a bad thing as his record shows he is a winner, but i can understand how some view him. i cant stand wenger but probably because he is damn good at his job and hardly ever praises the winners always uses excuses and does not like losing, mirrors our man i think.
on the ref doing more mileage, forgive me roy but cant understand the argument of this, it was mentioned on a news programme and my immedite thought s were................and,
a ref has to go up and down a pitch all game, forwards do not, defenders do not, ala keepers too, midfielders like roy keane, gerrard, vieira, i would expect to be close to what the ref does, but most games i would fully expect a ref to cover more ground being as their is 1, than any of 11 players in a team.
however i do respect your view, i just beg to differ.
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lol, yeah he should never have said it, or at least not pubicly, but i was at the game and wiley was well off the pace, that said, it takes being a man and having character to apologise publicly, as he could have gone private on this, plus he probably thinks the fa might treat him a bit more lightly now lol