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Sir Alex Ferguson to appeal FA charge

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Sir Alex Ferguson has appealed charges of improper conduct from the FA
Sir Alex Ferguson has appealed charges of improper conduct from the FA

Manchester United have revealed that manager Sir Alex Ferguson will appeal a a charge by the FA for improper conduct pertaining to the comments he made about referee Martin Atkinson following United's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening. A personal hearing will be scheduled no later than Friday, March 25th. A club spokesman told the club website, www.ManUtd.com, "Sir Alex has responded to the FA today to deny the charge of improper conduct. He has requested a personal hearing." Fergie's criticism of Atkinson stemmed from the referee's decision not to send off Chelsea defender David Luiz for several rash challenges and also the awarding of a penalty to Chelsea's Yuri Zhirkov, a decision that the United boss considered "soft."