Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the FA’s decision not to charge David Beckham over his challenge on Lee Bowyer in the weekend’s defeat at Leeds.
It appeared that Beckham had struck Bowyer with his elbow, but the incident was not reported by referee Jeff Winter.
Beckham will not face any action from the FA, and Ferguson is pleased with the outcome. He stated: “He (Beckham) didn’t really think he had done anything wrong at the time. I believe there was no intent on David’s part and that it was simply a clumsy challenge. The fact the FA decided not to do anything about it confirms my opinion.”
However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that the FA should review their video evidence procedures.
“Its all about whether you should overrule the referee or not on the basis of what you see on video evidence”, said Wenger.
“I’d say that you should overrule if the referee is not in a position to see what really happened.
“If the whole country is convinced that Beckham made an elbow and you cannot overrule it, is that right or not?
“You can basically kill somebody if the referee was not in a good position to see it properly and you can still do nothing about it. So let’s investigate the FA and see what comes out.”