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FA want please explain from Man Utd boss Ferguson

The Football Association want a please explain from Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after his outburst directed at referee Alan Wiley.

The Scottish tactician was brutally honest in his appraisal of Wiley's game after the Red Devils were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland on the weekend, saying the referee was unfit and had to keep stopping to catch his breath.

The FA has now hit back at Ferguson, providing damning evidence from ProZone that Wiley is in fact as fit as any player out on the pitch and has asked for the United boss to explain his rant.

"We have written to Sir Alex Ferguson to ask for an explanation of his comments. He has a week to respond. We will then make a decision if that warrants a charge or not," said an FA spokesman.

National secretary of the referees union Prospect, Alan Leighton, believes Ferguson's remarks were not warranted.

"My main concern is about the unfounded and totally unwarranted remarks about Alan Wiley's fitness," said Leighton.

"Not only does it dig at the heart of Alan's professionalism, where he is one of our top and longest-serving referees, but it also has an impact on all the others.

"ProZone statistics are used to monitor the officials' performances in every game. If Alan Wiley or any other referee were not fit, they would not be refereeing."



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