Referee Wiley decides against suing Man Utd boss Ferguson

Alan Wiley has ended speculation in recent weeks that he could sue Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson for defamation, after comments made regarding the referees fitness after a 2-2 draw with Sunderland last month.

Ferguson has already recieved a £20,000 fine for his suggestions that Wiley was not in the right condition to referee the tie effectively, saying “The pace of the game demanded a referee who was fit. He was not fit.” He has since apologised publicly for the comments, however was also given a four-game touchline ban.

Wiley said how “Although I was bitterly disappointed about the personal attack on me, I want to put this behind me and continue to concentrate on my refereeing.” The news will draw a line under an issue that threatened to turn legal in recent weeks.

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