Fans of Arsenal and just about every other club in the country will have been completely unsurprised yesterday when the FA failed to do anything at all about the behaviour of Alex Ferguson during his side’s narrow victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day. The referee made no mention of the incidents in which Ferguson went on to the pitch to harangue the referee then did the same to two of his assistants.
The Newcastle boss, Alan Pardew criticised the decision to do nothing about it, and he has the support of Arsene Wenger in his view of the matter. Ferguson has now turned on Pardew and said some disrespectful things about his club, again no surprises there. The Scot actually had the cheek to say he has more problems because he is manager of United, but Wenger has been on the wrong end of decisions from the FA and he sees it differently.
“We sometimes go overboard on the touchlines and when you do that, you have to be punished.
“Whether it’s me or Fergie, or anyone else in the world, the rules are the rules. It is not rules for one person and rules for another, it’s the same for everybody.
“On the day they made a mistake. It does not mean that they are not honest but they made a mistake.”
Wenger was asked whether the referees are intimidated by Ferguson, but he was very careful not to accuse them of favouring him. Knowing the FA, it would have been Wenger who ended up with a punishment. He was sent off by the same referee, Mike Dean, for kicking a water bottle at Old Trafford, so for Ferguson to get away with shouting at various officials seems very unfair.
Ferguson said that he was just being `demonstative` because he is an emotional person. Maybe Wenger should remember to say that next time he is charged by the FA.