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Sir Alex Ferguson furious with referee's decision

Ferguson furious with penalty decision
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Sir Alex Ferguson is furious with the penalty decision which earned Newcastle a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson was left furious with the officials after a controversial penalty decision earned Newcastle United a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Referee Mike Jones initially awarded a corner kick for Rio Ferdinand's tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa. However, after a consulation with his linesman, the official gave a penalty kick, which Demba Ba scored to cancel out Javier Hernandez's opener.

"The referee didn't think it was a penalty - he was eight yards away and he gave a corner kick," said Ferguson. "It was a travesty, the referee was closer than the linesman. The problem is the referees are full-time and the linesman are not."

The draw has left United four points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand on their local rivals.

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