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Sir Alex Ferguson does a zing on Richard Scudamore



He’s only been in the stands for one of the five games he’s been banned for after chatting sh*t about Martin Atkinson, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s already using his undiluted Glaswegian brogue to diss referee-related people.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is the latest to feel the sharp flicks of Fergie’s tongue after he had the audacity to suggest everyone should be a bit nicer to referees from the start of next season…

Speaking in The Guardian (and loads of other places) Scudamore said:

“I think we do need to concentrate on the player and manager relationship with the referee this time, as every one of us knows that there have been elements of unacceptable behaviour.

“As to what we think is unacceptable; it’s vitriolic abuse towards match officials and that has on occasions gone unpunished; the surrounding of referees is unacceptable; the goading of referees into trying to get opponents sanctioned we think is unacceptable; and also the undue criticism, where it spills over into questioning the referee’s integrity or his honesty is also unacceptable.”

Fair enough really, innit? The Spoiler can’t be alone in being a bit fed up of watching players and managers going mental at a referee who’s trying to do his best in a game that’s hard enough to decipher after about five television replays.

However, Sir Fergie finds this outrageous, mainly because he’s turning into even more of a miserable git than he was before.

The only redeeming feature Fergie has at the moment is that, on the rare occasions he does talk to the press, he can be counted on to come up with something so bitchy that the entire cast of Jersey Shore, The Only Way is Essex and The Hills would be left crying in the corner.

Speaking of Scudamore’s plans, Fergie outdid himself. He said:

“Richard Scudamore doesn’t have a lot to do, does he?

“He’s trying to elevate the Premier League. Fine. That’s good, that’s his job. But I don’t think managers disrespect referees.

“I get done for what I considered was fair comment, the FA didn’t, and they give me a five-match ban, that’s fine. But that doesn’t mean to say we don’t respect referees. It’s a difficult job, we all know that. You wouldn’t referee a game, would you? Neither would I. But we do need them.

“I do think Richard is jumping off a high board here – a high diving board – without thinking about it.”


Does Fergie have a point? Does Scuddy have a point? Let us know what you think below…

6 responses so far
  • John // April 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    If Fergie has a point, I don’t know what it is. He says its a hard job and he himself WOULDN”T do it. But that is in strict contradiction to what he shows us by bad mouthing most decision they make.

    I would be interested to hear others sound off on this, but I think Scuddy is on to something.

  • Chicha Rita // April 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Fergie is saying what most other managers haven’t got the nerve to say–except maybe Ian Holloway.

    I don’t like seeing players wagging their imaginary yellow cards in their air…but I must say…I do expect managers to protest every once in awhile on a particularly bad call. It shows me they’re paying attention and involved. (Can anyone honestly say they’d appreciate a manager more if he never ever disputed or protested a bad ref call from the sidelines?)

    So maybe ban the players from protesting …and tell them it’s the manager’s job to register outrage with refereeing decisions?

  • Chicha Rita // April 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    ….oops….in *the air

  • brian // April 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I admire SAF for his accomplishments, but the man whines way too much about refs. Every time United lose, somehow the ref is implicated. Tell me the last time United lost and something was not said about the ref. Seriously.

    This surrounding the ref business has got to stop. I think one of my most favorite yellow card moments has always got to be when players get one for mouthing off or complaining to the ref. 99 times out of 100, they deserve it. When they don’t deserve it, it’s like the boy who cried wolf. They’ve complained over every little bit in the past that no one’s going to listen to them now. It’s kinda like believing that Drogba was taken down unfairly: even if it really did happen, no one’s going to believe it.

  • elcynico // April 2, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I dislike Ferguson intensely, but even a clock is right twice a day. Referees need to earn respect, I’ve known too many & their egos make Ferguson’s look undernourished.

  • R2Dad // April 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I think the FA should forget the touchline ban and require naughty managers to referee a reserves match instead. Talk about learning the rules and suffering the consequences if you don’t. Maybe then the managers will have a better appreciation for the people, the job and the situation before opening their mouths.

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