Premier League to consider sanctions after Sir Alex continues to boycott the BBC
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The Premier League will consider the possibility of sanctioning Sir Alex Ferguson after the Manchester United manager maintained his boycott of not speaking to the BBC on Sunday.
It was hoped that Sir Alex would speak to BBC reporters following his sides 2-2 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage, following pressure from the Premier League and League Managers’ Association.
But the United manager opted to continue the stance he has maintained for 6 years by sending his assistant Michael Phelan to provide the post match analysis and comment.
The Premier League reacted with disappointment to the news and revealed they will bring the matter up for discussion at the scheduled board meeting next month.
A spokesman for the governing body said: "The Premier League is disappointed that the BBC and Manchester United have, as yet, been unable to resolve the issue of Sir Alex Ferguson providing post-match interviews.
"We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and offer any help deemed necessary by either party to try and help remedy the situation.
"However, this is a breach of Premier League rules and the board will consider the appropriate course of action at their next meeting scheduled for late September."
The 68-year-old Scot has refused to speak to the BBC since the airing of a Panorama documentary in 2004 about his son Jason, who was a football agent at the time.
In his News of the World column ahead of the game, the BBC’s ‘Match of the Day’ host Gary Lineker said he hoped Ferguson would relax his boycott.
"It’s a shame. We would like him to speak to us because we respect him and his teams, and always have done," the former England striker wrote.
"It makes no difference to the programme because it’s action-led. But it does make a difference to the Manchester United fans.
"They are the ones missing out. I get letters saying: ‘We never hear from Sir Alex,’ and I have to explain. It’s something he feels very strongly about, so what can you do?"