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Megson: Fergie's been hung out to dry

BOLTON manager Gary Megson insists Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson has been unfairly criticised for his attack on referee Alan Wiley.<br /><br />Ferguson has been asked by the Football Association to explain the remarks, in which he said Wiley had struggled to keep pace with play and &ldquo;needed a rest&rdquo;. The United chief has since issued an apology, only for referees&rsquo; chief Alan Leighton to say it did not go far enough and call for a touchline ban.<br /><br />But Megson believes Ferguson has done enough and is being victimised because of his high profile.<br /><br />&ldquo;Fergie couldn&rsquo;t have done any more. He gets hung out to dry because of who he is. He has apologised and then everyone criticised the apology,&rdquo; said Megson.<br /><br />&ldquo;Alan Leighton seems to have a bee in his bonnet about the apology. I have seen him quoted as saying it is half-hearted. But you are damned if you don&rsquo;t apologise and damned if you do.<br /><br />&ldquo;What is he supposed to do? He has said something and then, having had time to think about it, he has said sorry. End of story; move on.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ferguson, who made the remarks after his side&rsquo;s 2-2 draw with Sunderland earlier this month, must respond to the FA by tomorrow.<br />