19 Nov 2008

Ferguson banned from touchline

8:05 am on 19 November 2008

The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been given a two-match touchline ban and fined almost 30 thousand dollars by the Football Association.

The Scot admitted a charge of improper conduct in relation to his behaviour towards referee Mike Dean following United's match against Hull City earlier this month, which saw the English champions hold on for a 4-3 win against the top-flight newcomers after being 4-1 up at Old Trafford.

His ban will come into effect from December 2nd.

Ferguson had to be restrained by United captain Gary Neville after a furious rant at Dean shortly after the final whistle.

He accused the referee of failing to give United's players adequate protection from what he said were over-zealous Hull challenges.