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Ferguson charged by FA

sports Updated: Nov 07, 2008 13:17 IST

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson faces a touchline ban after being charged by the English Football Association over his "improper conduct" toward a referee.

The 66-year-old Ferguson jabbed his finger at Mike Dean in anger over the referee's decisions during Saturday's 4-3 victory over Hull. United captain Gary Neville tried to restrain Ferguson as he came onto the Old Trafford pitch after the game to confront Dean.

"Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged with improper conduct in relation to his behaviour towards referee Mike Dean following the match against Hull City on November 1," the FA said.

Ferguson has until November 19 to respond to the charge, which was made on Thursday.

The announcement came as Ferguson celebrated his 22nd anniversary in charge of the reigning English and European champion.

Ferguson was angered that a penalty was awarded for Rio Ferdinand's foul on Bernard Mendy, while Hull's Michael Turner was not shown a second yellow card for a foul on United midfielder Michael Carrick.

"It should have been at least a yellow card, in which case the player would have been sent off. It made a difference," Ferguson said after the match in which United had led 4-1.

However, United striker Wayne Rooney escaped being sent off for his challenges on George Boateng and Andy Dawson.