Ferguson Jr shoots from the hip
Madrid off the pace after loss
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.