Friday, January 30, 2009
Sun make Fergie apology
It's not often The Sun prints a retraction and makes an apology, but they have done on Friday morning.
The tabloid had incurred the wrath of Sir Alex last weekend after reporting how United were 'investigating' an FA ruling that allowed teams drawn against each other in the FA Cup to play extra-time after their first game and not just the replay.
Fergie was quoted as saying: "It is in the articles of the Association that both teams can apply to have the game decided first time.
"The criticism would be we are not adhering to the principles and spirit of the FA Cup.
"But why have the FA got it in there? It is their problem. We will investigate it."
Well the report certainly got the goat of Sir Alex and after a few calls from United's legal team the tabloid printed the following: "Regrettably, our headline 'Cup Killers' gave a false impression that United, and their manager Sir Alex Ferguson, were deliberately trying to destroy the fabric of the competition.
We totally accept this is not the case and apologise for any embarrassment our headline may have caused."
The apology appears on the inside back pages of The Sun, which are largely dominated by an analysis of United's and Liverpool's contrasting results since Rafa Benitez's infamous rant about Sir Alex - four draws for Liverpool and five wins for the champions.
The differing results have seen United zoom into pole position to win the title in the Premiership betting with the champions as short as 1.43 to retain their crown.
By Phil Tomlinson, a professional sports writer who blogs about football and football betting.