The Football Association fined the veteran manager £12,000 for publicly criticizing assistant referee Simon Beck for not awarding a penalty when Tottenham’s Steven Caulker fouled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney in their match last January 20 at White Hart Lane.
Following the match, Ferguson also cited Beck’s “history” with the club, saying that the official also had a critical mistake when he did not call an offside in 2010 that led to a Didier Drogba goal in a critical English Premier League match that season.
In a statement released on Friday, the FA said: “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. It was alleged that the Manchester United manager’s post-match media comments implied that the match official was motivated by bias.”
Rafa Benitez on Frank Lampard’s Future
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez dodged questions about the future of Blues veteran Frank Lampard.
Lampard’s future at Stamford Bridge is still hanging in the balance. According to reports, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had a sudden change of heart and allowed the Blues to negotiate a new deal with the 34-year-old veteran, whose contract will expire after this season.
However, Lampard’s manager Steven Kutner reiterated that no contract talks had begun. When asked to comment on Kutner’s statement, Benitez said: “I don’t like to talk about the issue. I was very clear in the past and I will be very clear now and in the future.
“Frank is doing a great job for us, he is scoring goals, playing well and he is a good professional and working very hard. This is all I can say, as I am only the coach. The situation for me is the same, he is playing well and hopefully he can score in every game and break the record.”
Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time goal scoring leader, but he could surpass Bobby Tambing’s 202-goal record if he will score six more goals this season for the Blues.