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Ferguson banned for two matches for abusing referee

sports Updated: Dec 14, 2007 23:26 IST

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been banned from the touchline for two matches by the Football Association.

Ferguson was also fined 5,000 pounds ($10,097; euro6,994) for using abusive and/or insulting words toward referee Mark Clattenburg during last month's 1-0 defeat at Bolton.

"As he did not request a personal hearing, the case was dealt with on the basis of written statements and video footage," the FA said in a statement on Friday.

Ferguson will now have to sit in the stands for the matches at West Ham on December 29 and at home to Birmingham on January 1. Ferguson was sent off by Clattenburg at Bolton after speaking with the referee at halftime. Ferguson has said he approached Clattenburg "to tell him exactly what I thought." "Some people don't like the truth," Ferguson said. "You expect a team in Bolton's position to battle, scrap and fight. But the key thing is how the referee controls it."

Ferguson was particularly upset with a series of challenges by Bolton forward Kevin Davies on United left back Patrice Evra. In 2003, Ferguson was also banned for two games and fined 10,000 pounds after verbally attacking referee Jeff Winter. United is second in the Premier League with 36 points from 16 games _ one fewer than leaders Arsenal.