Football: Alex Ferguson denied his Football Association misconduct charge yesterday and requested a paper hearing.
The Manchester United manager criticised assistant referee Simon Beck following his side’s draw at Tottenham a fortnight ago.
The Football Association will decide a date for the hearing in due course.
The FA said: “Sir Alex Ferguson has denied an FA charge of misconduct in relation to post-match media comments made following Manchester United’s game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 20 January 2013.
“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 requested a paper hearing, the date of which will be set in due course.”
Speaking after the Tottenham game, Ferguson expressed his anger at United not being given a penalty for a foul on Wayne Rooney.
“It was a clear decision. And he (Beck) was 10, maybe 12 yards away from the incident and he doesn’t give it. And yet he gave everything else.”
Even if Ferguson is found guilty, he is likely only to receive a fine.
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