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Monday 11 December 2017

Fergie ducks bullet

ALEX FERGUSON is to escape FA censure for his comments about linesman Darren Cann after Sunday's 3-3 draw with Chelsea.

Ferguson believed that Gary Cahill should have been sent off for a foul on Danny Welbeck in the first half, a decision that could have significantly altered such an important contest.

"They should've had a man sent off... (but there was) nothing, no decision," he said. "That linesman has given a penalty kick against us from 40 yards away last year against Liverpool, this year against Arsenal, and he can't see that? He is all too happy to flag at Old Trafford for penalty kicks."

The Manchester United manager however, will not be sanctioned by the FA, which feels he was within his rights to criticise Cann.

Phil Dowd, meanwhile, has been appointed as referee for United's Old Trafford clash with Liverpool on Saturday. He was at the centre of controversy when he took charge of United's 3-1 defeat at Anfield last March after failing to dismiss Jamie Carragher.

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