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Fergie in the dock

LONDON, Nov 12 – Sir Alex Ferguson was due to appear before a Football Association disciplinary hearing on Thursday to answer a charge of improper conduct relating to his outspoken attack on referee Alan Wiley.FERGUSONThe Manchester united manager publically labelled Wiley as "unfit" after his Premier League champions were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland at Old Trafford on October 3.

Ferguson accused Wiley of not being "fit enough for a game of that standard" and of "walking up the pitch for the second goal needing a rest".

The 67-year-old Scot has since apologised to Wiley for the personal nature of his comments, and will be hoping to avoid a sanction that could see him handed a touchline ban.

Ferguson issued his apology on United’s website in the wake of strong opinion his comments had served to undermine the FA’s ‘Respect’ campaign, although he maintained his assertion that the fitness of referees in the Premier League remained an issue to be discussed.

"I apologise to Mr Wiley for any personal embarrassment that my remarks may have caused and to the FA for going public with my views," Ferguson said at the time.

"My only intention in speaking publicly was to highlight what I believe to be a serious and important issue in the game, namely that the fitness levels of referees must match the ever-increasing demands of the modern game, which I hope will now be properly addressed through the appropriate formal channels."

Whether Ferguson’s willingness to bring the issue of referee fitness into focus will help him avoid a sanction remains to be seen, but certainly he has remained outspoken about the standard of the match officials since his outburst at Wiley.

Following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last month, Ferguson questioned whether Andre Marriner, who took charge of the game at Anfield, had the required experience for a match of such significance.

He also accused Martin Atkinson of being in an "absolutely ridiculous" position when he awarded Chelsea the free-kick that led to their winner against United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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11 Comments

  1. Ethio Behailu

    July 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I didn’t know i was vegetarian . But those foods in the pictures are my dominant menu everyday. I’m healthy then ha? Thanks God!

    • Susan Wong

      July 26, 2012 at 5:38 am

      so true, Ethiopians just fast because it’s part of daily life…there’s not specific term for vegetarian in Amharic

  2. kene

    July 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

    atakilt belita in amahric

  3. tsion

    July 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Susan, nice article except one thing and it’s not mere semantics but inaccurate to call WOT a stew/sauce. It is neither. The right word is to call it WOT and add WOT to the English dictionary. Thick stewed sauce might help for close comparison in the meantime.

  4. EthioGuy

    August 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    thanks for introducing ethiopian food to the world, Ms Wong.

  5. Bicha Alecha

    August 8, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Its amazing to have an Asian critiquing African food, our culture is finally getting the attention it rightfully deserves. Thank you Ms. Wong for the fine article.

  6. lamrof

    June 27, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Wot is not a sauce, nor it is a stew. Why not call it …ummmm Wot.

  7. lamrof

    June 27, 2014 at 1:21 am

    For Ethiopian Orthodox Christians there are two types of food, Yefisik and Yetsom, Food eaten in non lent Months, and food eaten during lent Months, respectively. Yetsom apparently turns out what the west calls vegetarian. Ethiopians never ever ever eat Yetsom to keep in shape and be healthy, never. Actually Yetsom Migib (food) is prepated to abstain from worldly-ness. (Is that a word in English?)

  8. lamrof

    June 27, 2014 at 1:26 am

    ኢትዮጵያውያን ምግባች በዓለም ተሰራጨ እኮ። ጤፋችን፣ ቡናችን፣ የግዕዝ ፊደላችን፣ የጽሁፍ ሥርዓታችን፣ ራስ ተፈሪዎች፣ ኢትዮጵያውያን ኣርፎች ናችሁ፣ እወዳችኋለሁ፣ ይመቻችሁ እስኪ
    በያላችሁበት።

  9. The Wild

    June 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I am moving to Ethiopia.

  10. Munken

    June 29, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    You just made me salivate, those pic are awesome. Thanks for making me feel better to my daily cousin.

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