Ferguson not to appeal touchline ban

10:50, March 18, 2011      

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Manchester United's manager Alex Fergusongestures during their second leg round of sixteen Champions League soccer match against Olympique Marseille at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, March 15, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson decided Thursday not to appeal the five-match ban slammed by FA.

Ferguson was hit by a three-match touchline ban on Wednesday for improper words against referees after United's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea earlier this month, which invoked a previous two-match suspended ban for the same reson.

The ban is due to start on March 22, but Ferguson, who was also fined 30,000 pounds, requested for it to begin immediately so that he will be able to sit on the team bench for the potential title-decider against Arsenal in May.

Source: Xinhua

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