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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims the new Premier League initiative to encourage respect for referees is unnecessary, saying “I don’t think managers disrespect referees.”

And Ferguson, recently handed a five-match ban for what the FA deemed disrespectful comments about the referee Martin Atkinson after Manchester United’s defeat by Chelsea, maintains criticism of officials can be justified.

“[Premier League chief executive] Richard Scudamore doesn’t have a lot to do, does he?” said Ferguson.

“He’s trying to elevate the Premier League. Fine. That’s good, that’s his job. But I don’t think managers disrespect referees.

“I get done for what I considered was fair comment, the FA didn’t, and they give me a five-match ban, that’s fine. But that doesn’t mean to say we don’t respect referees.

“It’s a difficult job, we all know that. You wouldn’t referee a game, would you? Neither would I. But we do need them.

“I do think Richard is jumping off a high board here – a high diving board – without thinking about it.”

Source: Telegraph

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