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Sir Alex Ferguson has accused the Football Association of double standards in their treatment of Manchester United.

Ferguson is furious that his club seem to be singled out by the FA because of their stature as the Premier League’s most famous club.

His own latest brush with the football authorities came in March when he was hit with a five-match touchline ban and a £30,000 fine after criticising referee Martin ­Atkinson following United’s defeat at Chelsea.

A month later, striker Wayne Rooney was given a two-match suspension for a foul-mouthed tirade into a ­television camera after ­scoring a hat-trick in a sensational win at West Ham.

Angry Ferguson feels that the punishment never fits the crime where United are ­concerned.

And he shot from the lip again during the Reds’ pre-season tour of the United States when he claimed: “I think sometimes there is an unfair focus on United when it comes to disciplinary ­issues. It will always be there and I think we know that.

“I don’t really know whether it’s about me or the club. That’s a difficult one. Maybe there is some resentment about United at the top level because of our success.

“I think that has got something to do with it. They have certainly always found a way to treat us differently.

“It has been happening for a while now and they always seem to find a way to ‘do’ us when, with others, it is ­seemingly forgotten.

“Personally I felt hard done by last season. I defend my club, but that’s my job.

“Part of the problem is that when I make comments, the media are on to the FA right away. There is no doubt about that. Then they feel forced to do something and they are afraid of what might happen if they don’t. There is no consistency in the disciplinary process.”

In November 2009, Fergie became the first Premier League boss to be banned for criticising a match official when he was given a four-match ban – two suspended – and fined £20,000 for claiming that Alan Wiley was not fit to referee. But Fergie said he first became disillusioned with the FA’s disciplinary process eight years ago when Ryan Giggs and Cristiano ­Ronaldo were charged for aiding Ruud van Nistelrooy after the Dutchman had been attacked by a posse of Arsenal players at Old Trafford.

He said: “The best one was when the Arsenal players ­attacked Ruud van Nistelrooy and they charged Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We went to the meeting and there was a long table and about twelve of them sat there. There was a girl taking notes and about five old guys and one of them was sleeping.

“Maurice Watkins, our solicitor, nudged me and said ‘have a look at that’. What a bloody joke! Honestly!

“It was at a hotel near Heathrow. It must have cost a grand for the room, tea and sandwiches. It cost a fortune just to say ‘Not Guilty’.”

Source: Mirror

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