Man Utd boss hit with touchline ban

The United has been hit with a four-match ban after admitting a charge of improper conduct, following his criticism of Alan Wiley’s fitness.

Two of the four games are suspended until the end of the 2010/11 season, but will be automatically activated should Ferguson be found guily of a similar charge over the next 18 months.

Fergie has also been fined £20,000, following his comments about Wiley.

Commission Chairman Peter Griffiths QC said “Each member of the Commission recognised Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievements and stature within the game.

“Having said that, it was made clear to Sir Alex that with such stature comes increased responsibilities.

“The Commission considered his admitted remarks, in the context in which they were made, were not just improper but were grossly improper and wholly inappropriate.

“He should never have said what he did say.”