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Feguson denies claims of influencing officials

The long-time United manager played down accusations

By | 20th September 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson recently spoke out to deny claims that he had influenced referees during his tenure with Manchester United.

The Scot retired this summer following a final Premier League title in the spring after over 25 years at the helm of United and called the accusations “laughable” that he was influencing any officials. The claims came after referee Mark Halsey’s new book revealed a close relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson but the United legend stated that the relationship was only to the extent that the Scot was supporting the referee in his battle with cancer.

The manager is known for having many bouts with referees on the sideline, prompting him to comically address the issue.

“The laughable part for me was how influenced the refereeing fraternity,” Ferguson said, according to Sky Sports.

“This is a guy who has the worst record of any manager in the history of English football, fined £100,000 by them, suspended so many times, that’s some influence, I must say. It’s a little bit Walter Mitty.”

According to the Mirror, the Premier League took action after the release of Halsey’s book, telling all referees not to speak to managers. The Premier League spoke to all officials prior to the beginning of the season as well to remind them of the rules that are in place to keep the matches fair and unbridled by manager-referee relationships, letting them know that any illegal action could result in disciplinary action from the league if proven to be true.

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