Football - Ferguson fined for criticising officials

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined £12,000 after being found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association.

PA Sport

The FA brought the charge following Ferguson's outspoken attack on assistant referee Simon Beck following the 1-1 draw at Tottenham last month. Ferguson appealed against the charge and requested a paper hearing.

However, the verdict, which has been released by the FA on Friday afternoon, has gone against the Scot. "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined £12,000 in relation to media comments made after Manchester United's game at Tottenham Hotspur on 20 January 2013," said an FA statement.

The statement continued: "It was alleged that the Manchester United manager's post-match media comments implied that the match official was motivated by bias. Ferguson had denied the misconduct charge and requested a paper hearing at which the Independent Regulatory Commission found proven the breach of FA Rule E3."

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