Mar 24, 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson talks to BBC! Manchester United boss ready for a peace summit with Corporation

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Sir Alex Ferguson and BBC director-general Mark Thompson have agreed to a meeting to discuss the Manchester United manager's six-year snub of the Corporation. The summit has been brokered by Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards in his attempt to get Ferguson talking to the BBC again and so avoid the need for the League to take action over Sir Alex's continued breaching of their media regulations. Turning over a new leaf? Sir Alex Ferguson's ban of talking to the BBC could be coming to an end The level of the fines for Ferguson was decided during a League board meeting last October, but Manchester United will not be informed until Richards has exhausted all avenues in ending Fergie's silence prompted by his massive displeasure over a BBC3 documentary in 2004 about his football agent son Jason. Getting Ferguson and Thompson in thesame room is a sign of progress, although a date for this notableoccasion has yet to be fixed. The expectation is that it will takeplace near or at the end of the football season. Building bridges: BBC director-general Mark Thompson will meet with Ferguson at a yet-to-be-agreed date Ferguson has maintained from the start of the marathon stand-off that he wants an apology from the director-general. The BBC insist, equally strongly, thathe won't receive one. Certainly the much-criticised Richards deservescredit, for once, if an unlikely compromise can be reached. Recent form: Ferguson chose to ignore his media requirements with the BBC following United's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool The ridiculous five-month delay in breaking the news to Old Trafford about the size of the Ferguson fines has irritated rival clubs and reinforced the impression that there is one rule for United and another for the other 19 teams in the division. The low-key BBC programme at the heart of the dispute concentrated on Jason's dealings as an agent with United but revealed little that wasn't in the public domain. Ferguson has never taken legal action over the contents.  Ferguson slammed for undermining Respect campaign over ref rantCharles Sale: John Terry breaks with firefighter PR as he bids to clean up act on his ownAll the latest Manchester United news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Alex Ferguson, Mark Thompson



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