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Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to escape punishment from the FA despite his stinging criticism of linesman John Flynn for awarding Newcastle a fiercely controversial penalty at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United manager branded Flynn’s decision to flag for Rio Ferdinand’s challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa as ‘one of the worst I have ever seen’ and questioned whether he would be allowed to officiate in the Premier League again.

The FA will analyse Ferguson’s comments on Monday morning but the initial reaction is that he stopped short of questioning the integrity of the officials, and is therefore unlikely to face a charge of improper conduct.

Ferguson was hit with a five-match touchline ban in March for criticising Martin Atkinson’s performance when United lost at Chelsea, and he also received a warning for remarks made about Howard Webb before the two clubs met again at Old Trafford in May.

It is still possible the FA may write to ask Ferguson for an explanation after he hit out at Flynn, who failed to spot Ferdinand making contact with the ball before persuading referee Mike Jones to overturn his original decision to give Newcastle a corner.

‘It was an absolute travesty,’ said Ferguson after seeing United held to a 1-1 draw.

‘I didn’t think anybody in the ground thought it was a penalty apart from the assistant referee.

‘The problem is that the referees are full-time and the linesmen are not. Whether the assistant referee ever gets a game again is not for me to decide, but it was an absolutely shocking decision.’

Jones, who was only given the game after Phil Dowd fell ill, is unlikely to face action over his part in the incident because his view was impeded and he was justified in taking the advice of Flynn who was certain that it was a penalty.

United defender Patrice Evra said: ‘The referee went to see the linesman to say “are you sure?” He said, “yes, it’s a penalty” and the referee trusts his man. What can you say?’

Source: DailyMail

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