ferguson_cbe_sir_alex_rManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has not spoken to the BBC since 2004, when his son was accused of gaining influence due to his father’s position, but due to a new Premier League ruling, he will have to end his protest. Starting next season, every single Premiership manager will be forced to give post-match interviews to the BBC, or face disciplinary sanctions.

What makes this situation a little bit absurd is that Ferguson and many of his colleagues have consistently been getting in trouble with the F.A. for their post-match remarks. Even the slightest criticism of a referee prompts hearings, bans and fines, and now the hot-headed managers won’t even have the option to refuse to comment.

On one hand you can understand the BBC’s stance—they pay big money for TV rights, and interviews are part of the total package. They want to hear from the real managers, not the assistants. Having said that, it really gives Ferguson and co. little choice—they have to talk, but they have to hold it in and basically lie about what they really think.

It all seems rather silly. If the F.A and the BBC want the real opinions, they should stop fining managers for every outburst. Sir Alex serves as a prime example that these sorts of “punishments” are useless and don’t help the referees or change people’s opinions of them. Instead of deciding who is allowed to talk and what they are allowed to say, I believe the F.A should focus a bit more closely on cutting out the refereeing blunders that lead to these situations.

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