Fer­gu­son Jr shoots from the hip

Madrid off the pace af­ter loss

The Northern Star - - SPORT -

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son, son of leg­endary for­mer Manch­ester United boss Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, could be in the FA’s fir­ing line – for say­ing ref­er­ees should be shot.

The Don­caster man­ager blasted “dis­gust­ing” stan­dards and fit­ness among lower-league of­fi­cials in an out­burst that eclipsed any of his dad’s tirades against refs, The Sun re­ported.

Fergie Jr (pic­tured) blasted Andy Haines for deny­ing Rovers “the most bla­tant penalty you’ll ever see” in the last minute of their 1-1 home League One draw with Ply­mouth.

And asked if he had a so­lu­tion for what he saw as poor ref­er­ee­ing per­for­mances, Fer­gu­son said: “Shoot them – would be a good idea.”

The for­mer Peter­bor­ough and Pre­ston chief told BBC Ra­dio Sh­effield: “They’re part-time. Their stan­dards are ap­palling, the fit­ness lev­els are a dis­grace.

“I’ve had enough of it. It’s dis­gust­ing, the stan­dard of ref­er­ees at this level.

“They’re not good enough. They’re not fit enough. They can’t keep up with play.”

Many Twit­ter users backed Fer­gu­son’s as­sess­ment of lower-league ref stan­dards.

But some claimed he had gone too far with his com­ments, se­ri­ous or not. REAL Madrid has fallen 16 points be­hind lead­ers Barcelona in La Liga af­ter a sec­ond de­feat in three league out­ings.

The Cata­lan gi­ants had the chance to in­crease that to 19 points with a win over Real So­ciedad overnight.

Madrid’s ti­tle de­fence has been less than great and it now sit fourth fol­low­ing its lat­est loss.

Pablo For­nals net­ted Vil­lar­real’s win­ner in the 87th minute, prompt­ing loud boos by the home crowd which had seen them draw with sec­ond-di­vi­sion club Nu­man­cia 2-2 in the Copa del Rey ear­lier in the week.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo hit the cross­bar from a free-kick.

PHOTO: GETTY

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