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Man Utd boss Ferguson must end BBC interview ban

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson must end his ban on BBC interviews next season.

The Sunday Telegraph says in the same week in which he was hit with the most severe punishment the Football Association has handed out for comments about a referee, Ferguson has suffered another blow to his authority as the Premier League passed a motion at its board meeting on Thursday to make post-match interviews with rights holders mandatory.

Ferguson has not spoken to the BBC since 2004 when Panorama ran a documentary which portrayed his son, Jason, an agent, as using his father's status to gain influence in the transfer market.

He was never found guilty of any wrongdoing and Ferguson subsequently swore never to speak to the BBC again, describing them as "arrogant beyond belief".

Harry Redknapp, of Tottenham, and Sam Allardyce, of Blackburn, who also boycotted the BBC for allegations made in a separate Panorama documentary, will also be forced to speak to Match of the Day and Radio Five Live.

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