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Hackett: I survived hairdryer from Man Utd boss Ferguson

Refs chief Keith Hackett admits he's copped the hairdryer treatment from Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson regularly.

Hackett stood his ground in October, when Ferguson boiled over after Manchester United's 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Sunderland and accused Alan Wiley, the referee, of being unfit.

"He was miles adrift on that one," Hackett said. "That was unusual. But football is awash with a blame culture, isn't it? Let's blame everyone apart from ourselves. I'm just not into that at all."

He also told The Times: "Did I get on with Fergie? Absolutely.

"I got a letter from him after my career as a referee had finished and it was very praiseworthy, a very nice surprise. I've still got it somewhere.

"Sir Alex is a fantastically successful manager and I've always listened to what he has to say. I've responded when needed and, sometimes, with an acceptance that a referee has got it wrong. But I've always tried to qualify that by explaining why he has got it wrong. At the same time, I've also stood my ground when I've felt that Alex was wrong."

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