Sir Alex Ferguson’s contract should include the provision that he publicly proclaim his contempt for a referee before a match. It’s called banns.
This simplifies the task of investigating charges and the appeal process. The FA can move immediately to the punitive part – similar to the purpose of banns. An axiom: Sir Alex is going to abuse referees if the match does not go his way. We offer a preemptive solution.
The FA took two weeks to come to a decision after the Martin Atkinson brouhaha. Sir Alex was assessed a three match ban and a £30,000 fine. This will be tacked onto a two match ban he already faces for calling Alan Wiley “physically unfit”. He can appeal the ban – so it is not over yet.