Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has denied a Football Association charge over comments he made about an official after United's game at Tottenham. The Scottish tactician accused assistant referee Simon Beck of failing to give Wayne Rooney a "clear" penalty.

The FA asked Ferguson to explain his comments and charged the Scot on Tuesday, stating he implied the match official was motivated by bias.

He has requested a paper hearing, which the FA is yet to decide the date of.

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