London: Just when all seemed to be going his way and the world was in the lap of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United coach has been charged for improper conduct by the Football Association for his comments on referee Howard Webb in the run-up to the May 8 clash against Chelsea.
According to reports in the British press, Ferguson has been implicated under FA Rule F3 for his otherwise harmless comments saying that the best referee (Webb) had been appointed for the match. "We are getting the best referee, there is no doubt about that. But (getting a bad decision) is definitely our big fear," he had said earlier.
His statement was made two days prior to the match that eventually saw Chelsea downed 1-2. The FA rulebook spells out however that no manager may comment on the appointed referees before the match in question is played out.
Although a suspension is unlikely, Ferguson has until May 16 to come up with his defense.