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Martinez denies Fergie rant

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez insists he was misquoted after it was suggested he thought the Football Association were too lenient in their treatment of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Martinez was reported to have claimed the FA were almost "apologising" to Ferguson for sanctioning the Scot over his comments that Alan Wiley was not fit enough to referee United's recent 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

However, a statement issued by the League Managers' Association read: "Wigan Athletic manager, Roberto Martnez, has today categorically denied making the comments about Sir Alex Ferguson that have been attributed to him in a number of media reports. Martinez has referred the matter to the League Managers' Association."

The Spaniard was quoted in Spanish newspaper AS as saying:"They (the FA) have just sanctioned Ferguson for saying that the referee was not fit enough and the truth is that they're almost apologising to him for punishing him.

"Any other coach would have been crushed for that.

"Ferguson has been here for a lifetime and that carries a lot of weight.

"He has his group of faithfuls, people who are committed to him: Steve Bruce, who was a player with him, Sam Allardyce, who thinks he will be his successor at Old Trafford, and others.

"On the other side there's Rafa Benitez and he gets attacked from all sides."

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