28 October 2009

Controversial Phil Dowd to officiate United v Blackburn on Saturday!

Official sent off Scholes and Rooney at Fulham last season, the match United lost 2-0 to the West Londoners

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"Rooney has lost his head", said the commentators.

Phil Dowd, who angered Fergie as he sent off Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney during the Red Devils' 2-0 defeat at Fulham last season, is expected to be named as the referee for United's Premier League with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The appointment – which is likely to be confirmed today – is sure to be noted by Ferguson, who this week pleaded guilty to a Football Association charge of improper conduct after he accused Alan Wiley of lacking the fitness to officiate when he took charge of United's 2-2 draw with Sunderland on 3 October.

Ferguson then criticised Andre Marriner after the official failed to send off Jamie Carragher for a tackle on Michael Owen during United's loss at Liverpool on Sunday.

The former Premier League referee Jeff Winter has defended officials in the face of Ferguson's relentless criticism, accusing him of "not knowing the rules".

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