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FA Should Punish Sir Alex

Sir Alex has been on the war path lately. He has not been holding his tongue about his true feelings towards referees lately. And maybe the FA should step in, for once. (Courtesy Wikicommons)

Sir Alex has been on the war path lately. He has not been holding his tongue about his true feelings towards referees lately. And maybe the FA should step in, for once. (Courtesy Wikicommons)

By Kevin Koczwara

Am I the only one confused to as how Sir Alex Ferguson can get away with criticizing referees time and again while other managers in England get suspended for their comments? Sir Alex is going to be penalized for his comments about referee Alan Wiley. At times Sir Alex sounds like a high school student criticizing a referee from the stands during his school’s football game.

The FA (England’s ruling body on all thing football and its rules) clearly states:

“Post-match comments in relation to Match Officials and incidents are still permitted provided they are not personal in their nature, imply bias or attack the integrity of the Officials in charge of the match, or in any other respect bring the game into disrepute.”

Ferguson’s comments seem to fit into this domain. He is brash and at times too critical of the officiating in matches. I wish he would accept that Manchester United will lose games, and when they do, it isn’t always a referee’s fault.

And Ferguson has stepped over the line yet again–even as he is awaiting a ban– after the Liverpool match this past weekend. He has commented yet again on a referee’s missed or controversial calls, and this time shouldn’t expect a ban because the FA will probably lump the two into one ban, and Sir Alex will get off easier than he would if the FA would take the two comments as two separate incidents. Or the FA will ignore the comments.

The FA ignores Sir Alex because football in England isn’t the same if Sir Alex isn’t roaming the sidelines, he is a star, a nemesis and an icon when he is around a game. And the FA doesn’t want to risk not having him there for the publicity.

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Matches to Watch This Weekend

By Kevin Koczwara

Liverpool v Burnely (ESPN 2 Sat 9:45 a.m.)

Why watch this game you are surely asking me? I have two answers for you:

1. The game is in beautiful High Definition on ESPN 2. If you have watched a game in HD on ESPN recently, then you know why I am suggesting this game. The picture is outstanding, making the game more enjoyable. The Reds jerseys glisten over the green grass of the pitch. Hopefully this year ESPN decides to spend the money and show Champions Leagues games in HD. It makes every game easier to watch, and more enjoyable.

2. This may be a stretch, but this game will be tough for Liverpool. Burnley will present a challenge for the struggling Reds. Benetiz’s crew just aren’t up to snuff, yet anyways. And the squad could be looking ahead to their Champions League match later in the week. And Zonal marking has made every set piece interesting for Liverpool, and their opponents. I see some goals being scored, but Torres and Gerrard pulling the Reds out with a win.

Outcome: 3-1 Liverpool over Burnley.

Tottenham v Manchester Utd. (FSC Sat. 12:30p.m.)

This is the Spurs chance to prove that they really are what their record says they are (unbeaten EPL play). It is also a chance for Manchester United to put the Spurs in their place, and make it known that Sir Alex and his squad plan on defending their title.

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