Manchester United Boss Sir Alex Ferguson Apologetic Over Wiley Outburst
The criticism of Wiley drew widespread media interest, with many referees backing the proverbial man in the middle. Reports even emerged that indicated only seven players from each side covered more grass than the referee that day. The FA even stated that they would be requesting the United boss explain his remarks.
Ferguson, in a statement reported by the BBC, said: “I apologise to Mr Wiley for any personal embarrassment my comments may have caused and to the FA for going public with my views.
“In retrospect I accept that they could be deemed as expressing those views in an inappropriate form. It was never my intention to bring the focus of intense media interest on Mr Wiley and I will apologise to him personally when I return from an overseas trip during the international break.”
“My only intention in speaking publicly was to highlight what I believed to be serious issues in the game, namely the fitness levels of referees.”