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Rafa Reignites Fergie Spat

Rafa Benitez has risked reigniting the spat he had with Alex Ferguson when he was still manager at Liverpool.

Benitez was accused by the media of ‘ranting’ about Fergie after a notorious press conference in 2009, when he read a list of “facts” regarding the Manchester United’s indiscretions with referees.

At the time, Benitez was attempting to point out what he- and other Premier League managers- felt was the unfair treatment Fergie receives from match officials.

His argument was that Fergie can get away with much more antagonism towards referees than most other managers can.

 "He is the only manager in the league that cannot be punished for these things," Benitez said at the time.

And now, in the wake of Fergie’s own latest rant- in which he fumed at linesman for failing to give United a penalty- Benitez says “a lot of people are seeing” what he was talking about all those years ago.

The FA has asked Fergie to explain himself, and Benitez is waiting to see how the governing body will act towards the influential manager.

"I always try to concentrate on my job, but at that time with Ferguson I was defending my club," Benitez said in an interview with the Times.

"I could see what was happening from my point of view, and maybe now a lot of people are seeing the same things. I will not talk too much about that because it's obvious.

"It's a question for the FA what they do about it. What I said at that time was what I thought, and what I'm seeing now is similar. It depends on the FA. I don't know what they will do - it depends on them."

It will be interesting, and no doubt entertaining, to see what response Fergie comes up with, in an attempt to put Benitez in his place.



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