Alex Ferguson denies claims of influencing referee

Halsey's revelations led to criticism of Ferguson, who some accused of befriending the referee in a bid to win favourable decisions during matches. But Ferguson denied any wrongdoing and said the extent of his relationship with Halsey had been to support him during his cancer fight.

updated: September 20, 2013 09:42 IST
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London: Alex Ferguson on Thursday hit back at claims he intentionally influenced officials after ex-referee Mark Halsey revealed his close relationship with the former Manchester United manager.

Halsey, who refereed in the Premier League for 14 years before retiring at the end of last season, caused controversy this week when the newspaper serialisation of his new book 'Added Time' gave details of his friendship with Ferguson.

In the serialisation, Halsey confessed to sending a text message to Ferguson asking him to speak out on behalf of Mark Clattenburg when the referee was under investigation for having allegedly made a racist remark to Chelsea's John Obi Mikel.

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