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Ferguson awaits FA's action

By Football News



Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects to be charged for his outburst towards match official Simon Beck.

Ferguson slammed assistant referee Beck's performance following United's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League on Sunday.

United were leading 1-0 when Wayne Rooney went down in the penalty area after appearing to be fouled by Spurs defender Steven Caulker.

But Beck refused to point to the spot, prompting Ferguson to criticise the official in a post-match interview.

The Football Association must decide by Tuesday whether to charge the 71-year-old.

"I just think it is more about me than what I've said," Ferguson said.

"Whether I think it is unfair or not doesn't matter to them really at this point.

"That is what I have put in my letter exactly but you know the FA.

"You never know. It is one of these things. We are high-profile."

Ferguson suggested the media had played a part in any potential charge, with rival managers Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp only given warnings for similar offences this season.

"I think that is what you will find. That is why they have sent me a letter," he said.

Meanwhile, Ferguson would like to see Rio Ferdinand sign a contract extension at the club, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

The defender would become the third player over 30 to be rewarded with a one-year contract extension.

"There is nothing wrong with us giving players one-year contracts," he said.

"Players with the reputation and ability of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand should not worry about that.

"It is quite straightforward. It is not to say we doubt them but it is natural, you never know how they cope with getting older. Some do, some don't."

Ferdinand has played 20 matches for the league leaders this season.