LONDON - Referees hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson this week, accusing him of not knowing the rules after his latest outburst.
The Manchester United manager, already facing action over his complaints about the fitness of referee Alan Wiley, was unhappy about two incidents in his side's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
Ferguson insisted referee Andre Marriner should have awarded a penalty following a challenge by Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on United's Michael Carrick - and that Carragher should have been sent off rather than merely booked for pulling down Michael Owen.
"Ferguson clearly doesn't understand the law about the denial of a goal-scoring opportunity," a senior refereeing source told the Guardian.
"The fouled player has to have full control of the ball and has to be moving towards the goal but Owen did not fulfil either condition." - Sapa