It is required that managers talk after most soccer matches including Champions League matches. Manchester United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson decided to not talk to the media following the match against Real Madrid. Ferguson was too distraught to talk with the media because of a red card given to Nani. It was a questionable straight red given that potentially changed the game. Ferguson was fined 10,000 Euros.
UEFA issued a statement regarding Ferguson’s fine for failing to talk to the media post-game.
“Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined €10,000 for non-fulfillment of the post-match media obligations at the at the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid CF at Old Trafford on 5 March.”
For me I don’t really care how mad you are, as a coach you need to regain your cool and talk to the press. But I guess if you are rich and don’t mind paying fines for not talking to the media, then don’t talk to the media.
Sir Ferguson is a classy manager, but this game was one of the games where his class didn’t really show up, which is very uncharacteristic. I guess it could have been worse, and he could have gone into the press conference and just used expletives and bashed the refs. The red card that Ferguson was “distraught” about would have not been a red card 99% of the time, but it happened to be the one time it was called a red.
Anyway, Manchester is now moving on from this, and it will not affect their success in the English Premier League.
Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for RantSports.com. He also writes about College Basketball, MLB, NASCAR, and NBA news. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google+.