Manchester United badgeManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could be in a spot of bother with the Football Association after taking a swipe at referee’s boss Keith Hackett.

Ferguson has claimed that Hackett instructed referee Mark Halsey to rescind the red card he dished out to John Terry during Chelsea’s win at Manchester City at the weekend.

Terry had been facing a three-match ban after Halsey deemed the tackle on City striker Jo was ‘serious foul play’.

But the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission upheld an appeal by Chelsea which means that Terry can now turn out for the Blues against Ferguson’s United on Sunday.

Ferguson is reported as saying “My information is that Hackett told Halsey to rescind the red card and he would not do it.

“If it had been a Manchester United player Hackett would never have done this for us.”

The FA have yet to decide whether to investigate Ferguson’s remarks but are sure to ask Ferguson for written clarification of what exactly was said if they decide to take the matter further.

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