The Football Association has charged Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson with improper conduct following comments made about Howard Webb prior to his refereeing the crucial Premiership fixture with close rivals Chelsea.
But, far from criticising the referee, Fergie made nothing but praiseworthy comments about Webb. However, FA rules state that managers are not allowed to make any comments about match officials in advance of a game, regardless of the content.
Sir Alex told the press prior to the showdown with Chelsea that "we are getting the best referee, no doubt about that".
He also said that "Howard is a role model for everyone in life. Not only is he a top official in the game, he's also a sergeant in the South Yorkshire police. How much more of a role model could he be ?"
Fergie also went on to praise Webb's shaven head and strong but calm demeanour which "oozed authority" and also his straight and erect posture when disciplining players that "always causes a frisson to run through my body".
The Old Trafford boss also congratulated the ref on his well deserved award of an MBE and hoped that their paths would soon cross again.