Sir Alex Ferguson's disciplinary advisor likens FA to a communist state

Advisor Graham Bean unhappy with five-match ban
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's advisor on disciplinary matters, Graham Bean, has taken a swipe at the FA by comparing the governing body to a "communist state".

This comes in light of the Scot receiving a five-match ban after his comments about referee Martin Atkinson, when the Red Devils lost to Chelsea earlier in the season.

"What everyone has missed because they have focused on this big ban on Sir Alex, is that Martin Atkinson made one of the biggest blunders of the season in not dealing with David Luiz and he has got off with it, nothing has happened to him," Bean told ESPNsoccernet.

"That cannot be right that the ref is protected in that way, and then the FA hammer Sir Alex. I have seen confidential reports where Atkinson is criticised by the assessors at the game in the way he dealt with David Luiz and that he didn't deal with the incident the way he should have done.

"The FA has become like a communist state in the way that you cannot speak out against authority. It is becoming clear that if you are in football you give up your right to freedom of expression."

Ferguson's suspension is only from the touch line, and he will still be able to deliver a half-time team-talk to his players.

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