Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson has been suspended five matches by the English FA for criticizing referee Martin Atkinson's performance in United's 2-1 loss
to Chelsea on March 1. Ferguson said that his team didn't get a "fair or strong referee."
Ferguson unsuccessfully appealed his suspension. The FA said an independent commission “found the charge of improper conduct relating to media comments proven" and also fined him $48,000.
The outlash at Atkinson earned Ferguson a three-game ban, and two games were added because of a previous suspended sentence hanging over Ferguson.
Ferguson will have to watch four league games -- against West Ham, Fulham, Everton and Arsenal -- and the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City from the stands.