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May, 17, 2011

FA warns Ancelotti over conduct

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has been warned about his future conduct by the FA after saying he had "no problem" with Howard Webb refereeing the Premier League clash with Manchester United on May 8.

• Sir Alex warned over Webb comments

United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson also received a warning as both managers made positive remarks about World Cup final referee Webb ahead of the clash at Old Trafford, contravening FA regulations which prohibit any comment - good or bad - about referees prior to games.

A statement from the FA read: "The FA has today warned Carlo Ancelotti as to his future conduct. The Chelsea manager's warning relates to his pre-match media comments prior to the Premier League match with Manchester United on 8 May."

The FA received criticism for raising an improper conduct charge against Ferguson over the positive comments he made. And today both he and Ancelotti - whose comments were less widely reported - learned they will face no punishment beyond a gentle reminder not to do it again.

Ferguson had said in the build-up to the match, which his side won 2-1: "We are getting the best referee, there is no doubt about that. But (getting a bad decision) is definitely our big fear. We have the players to do it all right. We just hope it's our turn for a little bit of luck.''

Ancelotti was similarly glowing about Webb.

"I think it's not good to speak about the past, and also it's not good to speak about the referee because I don't want to put pressure on the referee,'' said the Italian.

"Howard Webb is a fantastic referee, he has experience, he has skills, but this is football and sometimes when things are not good you speak about the bad decisions against you.''

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