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Man Utd pair hit with FA charge

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his assistant Carlos Queiroz
Ferguson and Queiroz were angry after United's 1-0 defeat

Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz have been charged with improper conduct after Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final loss to Portsmouth.

Following the 1-0 defeat, the United boss and his assistant criticised referee Martin Atkinson and referees' chief Keith Hackett.

Ferguson called Atkinson's performance "not acceptable" and Queiroz branded him "a disgrace".

The duo have until 17 April to reply to the FA charge.

Sulley Muntari's penalty gave Pompey a shock victory at Old Trafford and a place in the last four of the competition, ending United's chances of repeating the 1999 treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

Ferguson was unhappy that his side had been denied a penalty when Cristiano Ronaldo was blocked by Sylvain Distin.

"It's absolutely ridiculous," he said.

"I cannot explain it. Managers get sacked because of things like that and he's going to referee a game next week.

"He (Hackett) is not doing his job properly and he needs to be assessed.

"I'm assessed as a manager, players are assessed, referees should be assessed properly by the right people. That performance today should not be accepted by our game."




see also
Manchester United for Pittodrie
11 Mar 08 |  North East/N Isles
Ferguson furious after Cup exit
08 Mar 08 |  Football
Man Utd 0-1 Portsmouth
08 Mar 08 |  FA Cup
Saturday's football photos
08 Mar 08 |  Football
Ferguson avoids gesture inquiry
22 Jan 08 |  Man Utd


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