London: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been fined £12,000 after being found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association (FA).
The FA brought the charge following Ferguson’s outspoken attack on assistant referee Simon Beck after his side’s 1-1 draw at Tottenham last month.
Ferguson appealed against the charge and requested a paper hearing. However, the verdict, which has been released by the FA on Friday, has gone against the Scot.
“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) hearing today, Alex Ferguson has been fined £12,000 in relation to media comments made after Manchester United’s game at Tottenham Hotspur on January 20, 2013,” said an FA statement.
“It was alleged that the Manchester United manager’s post-match media comments implied that the match official was motivated by bias. Ferguson had denied the misconduct charge and requested a paper hearing at which the IRC found proven the breach of FA Rule E3.”
Meanwhile, Ferguson said Ashley Young is fit for the match against Everton at home on Sunday after recovering from a knee injury.
Midfielder Michael Carrick is also available while defender Phil Jones should have shaken off a bout of shingles that also bothered Ferguson.
Chelsea will be without captain John Terry for Saturday’s match at home to Wigan Athletic as the centre back has an inflamed knee, manager Rafael Benitez said.
“It’s a setback but not serious,” Benitez said.