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FA: Alex Ferguson's comments hurt

Updated: March 23, 2011, 2:39 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- England's Football Association says Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's criticism of referees hurts the integrity of the sport.

The full findings of the FA's Independent Regulatory Commission were released on Wednesday. Ferguson was banned five matches and fined $48,000 for the comments.

After United lost at Chelsea this month, Ferguson blasted Martin Atkinson's performance, complaining that the Premier League leaders didn't get a "fair or strong referee."

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