Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson during the
Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been charged
with misconduct by the Football Association after criticising a
match official following his side's Premier League match at
Ferguson was angered by linesman Simon Beck's decision not to
award a penalty to his side after Wayne Rooney was brought
down in the area while United led 1-0.
Tottenham equalised last weekend's game in stoppage time,
leaving Ferguson to describe Beck's display as "shocking" and
adding that the official had a history of failing to give
In a statement on Tuesday the FA said Ferguson's comments had
questioned the integrity of Beck.
"The FA has today 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," it
"It is alleged the Manchester United manager breached FA Rule
E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated
Ferguson has until Friday afternoon to respond to the charge.
Should he be found guilty he could receive a touchline ban of
up to four matches.