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Man Utd boss Ferguson keen to avoid Mourinho-type ban

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made his apology to ref Alan Wiley out of concerns he could be banned from having contact with his players, it has been revealed.

The Sunday Mirror says Ferguson last night issued the first apology of his career in a bid to avoid an FA suspension that would ban him from talking to his Manchester United players on match days.

The Manchester United manager was forced to make a grovelling climbdown from his New York hideaway after last week labelling Premier League whistleblower Wiley unfit to referee.

Referees' bosses have been calling on FA disciplinary chiefs to get tough on Fergie following his comments in the aftermath of United's 2-2 draw with Sunderland at Old Trafford last Saturday.

And he was made aware that disciplinary chiefs could follow the lead set by UEFA when they banned Chelsea's Jose Mourinho from having any contact with his players for two Champions League matches following his damning assessment of referee Anders Frisk in 2005.



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