This is part of what he had to say;
“Alan Pardew has come out and criticised me. He is the worst at haranguing referees, he shoves them and makes a joke of it. How he can criticise me is unbelievable. It is unfortunate but I am the manager of the most famous club in the world; not Newcastle, a wee club in the north east”.
For the record, when Pardew pushed the linesman (not referee) he instantly apologised and took his ban in good grace.
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If you want to judge Ferguson’s bullying behaviour against the match officials, especially the linesman, then just look at what he had to say previously with regard to the Respect campaign;
“There has been, over the years, an increase in attempts to manipulate the referee, such as players crowding around the referees, and it can’t do the referee’s confidence any good – you’re undermining his authority.
The backing-off process and respect of decisions is a step we hope will improve the quality of referees and the game itself”.
Fergie does what he always does when confronted with his own or his players’ bad behaviour, he directs blame at somebody else and won’t be accountable for his own actions.
If Ferguson honestly thinks there is anybody who treats officials with less respect than he does then he is more deluded than we thought he was.