Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson Escapes Punishment for Ref Rant

Kim Newsome@@KimNewsomeContributor IIDecember 27, 2012

The English Football Association has confirmed it will not punish Sir Alex Ferguson for his words and actions toward referee Mike Dean.  

When Manchester United's manager stormed off the touchline to confront the official during a tense Boxing Day match against Newcastle United, the crowd noise obstructed his words, but one did not have to be an expert lip-reader to see the 70-year-old's words and body language.

Dean had just overruled the linesman and given Newcastle a second goal, enraging Ferguson, who gestured and fumed at Dean—giving him the famous "hair dryer treatment" before rounding on the other officials present.  

Other managers have been sent into the stands for similar offences: The Guardian reports Aston Villa's Paul Lambert was fined and served a one-match ban for railing against match officials in late November, while Ferguson's counterpart for the day, Newcastle's Alan Pardew served a two-match touchline ban and paid a hefty £20,000 fine back in September after pleading guilty to "improper conduct" when he appeared to push a linesman.

The FA reports it will not pursue a touchline ban for Ferguson because Dean did not mention the incident in his match report.  

Manchester United won the match 4-3 thanks to an equalizing goal from Robin van Persie and a late winner from Javier Hernandez.

Related

    This Fire World Cup Squad Didn't Even Get Picked ✂️

    World Football logo
    World Football

    This Fire World Cup Squad Didn't Even Get Picked ✂️

    Sam Tighe
    via Bleacher Report

    Emery's Arsenal Deal Leaked By... Emery 🙃

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Emery's Arsenal Deal Leaked By... Emery 🙃

    James Dudko
    via Bleacher Report

    City Ready to Keep Arteta Long-Term

    World Football logo
    World Football

    City Ready to Keep Arteta Long-Term

    Matt Law,
    via The Telegraph

    Emery the Final Part of Gazidis' Meticulous Coup

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Emery the Final Part of Gazidis' Meticulous Coup

    David Hytner
    via the Guardian