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Sir Alex Ferguson's BBC boycott under review

Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson's boycott was prompted by a BBC Three documentary

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's boycott of giving post-match interviews to the BBC will come under Premier League scrutiny next month.

He has not given a post-match interview to the BBC since 2004 after a BBC Three documentary about his son Jason, who was then working as a football agent.

Ferguson's stance is in contravention of Premier League rules.

"The board will consider the appropriate course of action at their next meeting," said the Premier League.

That appropriate course of action could mean Ferguson facing a sliding scale of fines if he continues to boycott the BBC and failing to comply with Premier League rules that all managers must speak to broadcasting rights holders.

A BBC spokesman added: "This is a matter for the Premier League and Manchester United."

There had been speculation that Ferguson would end his BBC boycott after Sunday's game with Fulham, which ended in a 2-2 draw, but the Scot failed to appear and the post-match United interviews were given by assistant manager Mike Phelan and defender Nemanja Vidic.

"The Premier League is disappointed that the BBC and Manchester United have, as yet, been unable to resolve the issue of Sir Alex Ferguson providing post-match interviews," added the Premier League statement.

"We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and offer any help deemed necessary by either party to try and help remedy the situation."

A United spokesman added: "Mike Phelan is available to provide analysis and comment if required. We support the manager's position."



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