Sunday 9 December 2012 by Formelia Alberthine

Too many referees mistaking the Etihad for Old Trafford, claims Ferguson


Mancini and Ferguson on penalties

Far too many Premier League referees are mistaking the Etihad stadium for Old Trafford by awarding Manchester City contentious penalties, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

He insisted that the sort of contentious decisions going their way should only be seen at the home of Manchester United.

The Scot regards the recent spate of questionable awards to his cross-town rivals as potentially having as big an impact on this years Premier League title race as it has historically had on the contents of United’s trophy room.

Speaking at the club’s Carrington training ground, he said, “To say we’re unhappy is an understatement.”

“To see City benefiting at the Etihad from the kind of Old Trafford match-day performances we previously welcomed, is disheartening.”

“The boys train all week knowing full well that assistance from officials will be on hand when needed, but duplicity is intolerable.”

“Pointing to the spot in error is one thing, but compounding the issue by not awarding it to Manchester United renders the situation totally unworkable.”

Man City’s penalties

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini dismissed the suggestion that his side we’re being given the rub of a green previously presided over by a red-faced Glaswegian.

“No, its not true what Ferguson says.”

“I would say it’s a clear case of the Scot calling the kettle black.”

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