Sir Alex Ferguson is pleased Steven Taylor avoided a ban

Decision goes against Manchester United but they still benefit

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Steve Bennett has decided to stand by his decision to only book Steven Taylor for catching Cristiano Ronaldo with his arm but Sir Alex Ferguson is not complaining for once.

The Newcastle defender would have received a three-match ban if the referee had decided it should have been a red card and Ferguson didn’t want that to happen because the Magpies host Manchester United’s rivals Arsenal and Chelsea over that period. He said:

“The disciplinary situation does confuse you at times. No-one is really clear about it. But in actual fact we did not want the boy suspended because now he can play against Chelsea and Arsenal.”

The Spoiler doesn’t understand why Ferguson is concerned about Arsenal’s results but the sextuple-chasing boss did confirm Sepp Blatter’s assertion that he is in favour of the ’6+5′ initiative:

“We totally support the principle of home-produced players. All countries should get round a table and agree that you should not lose the impact of youth on your club.

“You need to bring them through a system and you need to give them their opportunity. If you don’t all the money spent on youth academies is a waste of time. You must encourage development in your own football club. You always feel you get more loyalty from players you produce yourself.

“But it is also about the fans. Every supporter in the country, from every team, loves to see their own kids coming through the system. It is a fact of life and we would benefit the game by doing something about it.”

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