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…