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Ferguson hardly top of the class.

Byline: PAT MURPHY

So Sir Alex Ferguson reckons that Liverpool's American owners have "lacked class" in their dealings lately with the manager, Rafael Benitez.

For Fergie to give lectures in classy behaviour is like Amy Winehouse complaining that a tattoo parlour's opening around the corner from her.

This is the manager who dismayed thousands of Manchester United fans by siding with the Glazer family in taking over United, when they believed that Ferguson was the keeper of the traditionalist flame.

The manager who whinges about the sullen Old Trafford crowd while ignoring the disgraceful hike in season-ticket prices and concessions and exorbitant charges for food and drink, at the dictate of the Glazers.

The manager who stormed into referee Alan Wilkie's room after Eric Cantona's notorious kung fu exploit and blamed it all on his justified sending-off. As Ferguson foamed at the mouth, he had to be led away by a policeman.

The old-style Socialist who was happy to take his players last week to Saudi Arabia, a bigoted land with a shocking human-rights record. A country that tortures non-Muslims and homosexuals, where 124 victims were beheaded with swords last year.

All for one match that netted United a cool pounds 1million.

How classy . . .
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Date:Jan 29, 2008
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