Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez launches dig at Sir Alex Ferguson

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the Liberty Stadium on December 23, 2012
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Rafael Benitez suggests that other people are beginning to notice that Sir Alex Ferguson rarely gets punished for abusing match officials.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has taken a swipe at Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson by suggesting that other people have begun to notice that the Scotsman rarely gets punished for speaking poorly about match officials.

The Spaniard, who had a public spat with the Red Devils coach four years ago while he was the boss of Liverpool, has suggested that it is "obvious" that Ferguson regularly escapes action from the Football Association.

"I always try to concentrate on my job but at that time with Ferguson I was defending my club," Benitez told The Times. "I could see what was happening from my point of view, and maybe now a lot of people are seeing the same things. I will not talk too much about that because it's obvious."

The former Inter Milan coach has admitted that he would accept the permanent managerial role at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez smiles during the match against Stoke on January 12, 2013
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