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FA to watch MUTV video of Ferguson to decide on any sanctions

The Football Association have approached Manchester United's in-house TV station for a copy of Sir Alex Ferguson's post-match interview which included critical comments of referee Martin Atkinson following a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea. Ferguson will learn by 4pm on Friday whether he will be charged with improper conduct for his attack on the official after apparently questioning his integrity.

The FA have no power to order MUTV to hand over a copy of the interview but feel it would be in Ferguson's best interests as it can often bring comments into context that look harsh on the printed page.

Given the United boss already has the remaining two matches of a four-game touchline ban hanging over him following scathing comments about Alan Wiley's fitness last season, a further spell in the stands appears inevitable if misconduct is proved. Liverpool.

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