Monday, March 11, 2013


Spanish inquisition: Benitez (right) wonders why he was snubbed by Ferguson
Chelsea Interim manager, Rafa Benitez have faulted Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for not showing respect to him after the blues stunning FA Cup quarter-final comeback at Old Trafford.

Ferguson refused to shake Benitez’s hand before the tie and they are at loggerheads after holders Chelsea forced a replay with a 2-2 draw.

A furious Benitez said:  ‘I was waiting at the beginning of the tunnel to shake hands and he just walked past me.

‘Normally we shake hands. I was waiting to shake hands because I have education and I know there are a lot of people watching.’

Ferguson again did not appear for a post-match press conference. The United boss, who dislikes the former Liverpool boss intensely, said on Friday he ‘did not want to kick a man when he was down’.

Benitez admitted he broke protocol by celebrating the draw with his side instead of waiting for Ferguson again after the game.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could face FA action after a clash with Chelsea substitute Fernando Torres in the 86th minute.  
Altercation: Rio Ferdinand (right) and Fernando Torres scrap away from Howard Webb's gaze

Of the incident between Ferdinand and Torres (right), the interim Chelsea manager said: ‘Watch the replays.’

FA chiefs will wait for referee Howard Webb’s report before deciding on any action.

United looked on their way to a Wembley semi-final against rivals Manchester City when Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney put them two up.

But Chelsea secured a replay with goals from substitute Eden Hazard and Ramires.


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