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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson charged by FA for improper conduct regarding comments made towards referee Howard Webb

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged with improper conduct by the FA for his comments on referee Howard Webb in the build up to the league-leaders' match against Chelsea.

Ferguson told journalists upon the appointment of Webb: "He's definitely the best referee in the country, there's no doubt about that. We are getting the best referee and we hope it's our turn for a little bit of luck."

These comments are in breach of FA rule E3 which forbids the discussion of referees prior to a match.

The Red Devils boss has already served a five-match touchline ban this season for his comments about referee Martin Atkinson's performance in an earlier match against Chelsea.

Ferguson has until 4pm on 16th May to respond to the FA's charge.

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