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Fergie turns down 'medal' FOOTBALL.

Chelsea chairman Ken Bates has revealed the words on the joke medal he tried to give to Sir Alex Ferguson after the Charity Shield at Wembley yesterday.

After being branded Chairman Mao by the Manchester United boss in a war of words between the pair in the build-up to the traditional season opener, Bates promised Ferguson he would have a surprise in store.

And, as Ferguson went up to collect his medal from the dignitaries in the Royal Box following Chelsea's 2-0 victory, during which United skipper Roy Keane was sent off, Bates attempted to hang another medal round his neck.

Ferguson angrily snatched at the blue and white ribbon as he made his way towards the steps.

The medal was inscribed 'Lord Fergie, the best thing since sliced bread' and Bates said: "I was trying to give him the medal as a peace offering. I wanted to try to calm things down but he wouldn't take it and that says more about him than me."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 14, 2000
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