29 Oct 2009

Sir Alex formally charged with improper conduct

7:44 am on 29 October 2009

Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been formally charged with improper conduct following his comments on the fitness of referee Alan Wiley.

Ferguson maintained Wiley couldn;t keep up with the play during his team's 2-2 Premier League draw with Sunderland at Old Trafford early this month.

The referees' union has called for Ferguson to be given a lengthy touchline ban.

The 67-year-old United boss has asked for a personal hearing with the English Football Association and a date has yet to be set.