You’re Not Fit To Wear The Shirt

01_WILEY_200x280_901733aAlex Ferguson blasted referee Alan Wiley for not being fit enough to do his job.

Furious Fergie ripped into the official after seeing his side nick an injury-time equaliser against 10-man Sunderland.

The Manchester United boss raged: “The pace of the game demanded a referee who was fit. He was not fit. It is an indictment of our game.

“You see referees abroad who are as fit as butcher’s dogs. We have some who are fit. He wasn’t fit.

“He was taking 30 seconds to book a player. He was needing a rest. I think he’s taking a rest writing down names on his card. It was ridiculous.”

Anton Ferdinand’s 93rd-minute own goal gifted the champions a point.

But Ferguson felt Wiley should have played more than the four minutes of added time that was signalled.

The Old Trafford chief said: “He didn’t add on any time for the goal. He played four minutes and two seconds.

“He was also walking up the pitch for the second goal needing a rest. He was not fit enough for a game of that standard.”

Ferguson made his feelings known to fourth official Mike Dean during the game and angrily jabbed his finger towards him.

United twice came back from a goal down to earn a point against Steve Bruce’s Sunderland battlers.

Darren Bent’s crisp opener was cancelled out by Dimitar Berbatov’s skilful volley.

Ben Foster’s gaffe allowed Kenwyne Jones to bundle Sunderland back in front before Ferdinand diverted Patrice Evra’s wayward shot into his own net.

Ferguson insisted Foster was to blame for Jones’ effort.

He said: “It was a soft goal to lose.”

Sunderland were reduced to 10 men with five minutes remaining after Kieran Richardson was sent off for kicking the ball away, earning a second yellow card.

And Black Cats boss Steve Bruce blasted Richardson for his actions.

Bruce said: “It was stupid.

“It is hard enough to defend here with 11 players. These things happen in the heat of the moment but it could have cost us the game.”

Bruce was left stunned as Ferdinand’s own goal denied his side three points.

He added: “It is totally disappointing. I don’t know what the stat is for the number of times Manchester United have done that but it is what makes this club what it is I suppose.

“It just proves you have to go down to the wire.

“Even when they don’t play well, they always seem to get something out of it. They never give in.”

The Sun

~ by footballdirecta on October 4, 2009.

One Response to “You’re Not Fit To Wear The Shirt”

  1. The ref gave the Red Devils a gift. The second yellow card to Richardson. Man U stunk the joint out. The Red Devils should have lost. A tie is better than a lose. The team needs to work on cutting down TO. This led to the two goals. I am happy? Yes for the tie but no for the way Man U played. http://bobbygee.wordpress.com/

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