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Referees urge FA to throw the book at Man U's Fergie

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London, Oct. 6 (ANI): Referees have urged the Football Association (FA) to throw the book at Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson for his attack on Alan Wiley.

The FA launched a probe as the Manchester United manager said referee Wiley was not fit enough after his side's 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

Premier League assessor Dermot Gallagher said: "Alex's comments are laughable, Alan is one of the fittest refs on the circuit."

Former Prem referee Gallagher added: "It's quite astonishing that of all the refs to level that criticism at, Alex picked the wrong one. It's a comment that can't be substantiated."

Another former Prem referee Keith Cooper said: "Alan does look like he carries a bit of timber but he can keep going. I don't think it was right of Alex to say what he did. I thought Alan did really well."

Fergie blasted: "You see refs abroad who are as fit as butchers' dogs - he was taking 30 seconds to book a player. He was not fit."

An FA spokesman said: "We're reviewing the comments in full." (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 12:23 [IST]
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