International Soccer - England

FA charges Ferguson

Manchester, England (Sports Network) - The English Football Association (FA) announced Tuesday that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged with improper conduct following comments made about officiating in the club's 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

Ferguson was disappointed in the performance of assistant referee Simon Beck for failing to award what he thought was a "clear penalty" to United when Wayne Rooney went down in the box under a challenge from Steven Caulker.

"There was no way we were going to get a decision from (Beck)," Ferguson said after the match.

The FA has deemed Ferguson's comments to be improper in nature, suggesting that Beck was motivated by bias.

"The FA has today [Tuesday 29 January] charged Sir Alex Ferguson in relation to post-match media comments made following Manchester United's game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 20 January 2013," the FA said in a statement. "It is alleged the Manchester United manager breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias. Ferguson has until 4pm on Friday 1 February 2013 to respond to the charge."

01/29 14:27:25 ET

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