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Sir Alex’s son in trouble for saying he’d “shoot” refs

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LONDON (AP) It clearly runs in the family.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was known for having an explosive temper during his nearly 27 years at Old Trafford, and it seems he has passed it down to his son.

Darren Ferguson, who is the manager of third-tier English team Doncaster, is in trouble for saying he would “shoot” referees because of what he perceived as their poor standards.

Ferguson was charged by the English Football Association on Wednesday for remarks that “were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

The 45-year-old coach has already apologized, saying it was a “tongue-in-cheek comment” and that “I do not advocate violence against officials.”

Ferguson was unhappy his team was denied a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Plymouth on Saturday.

“The referees are part-time and the standard is appalling, their fitness levels are a disgrace, I’ve had enough of it,” Ferguson said after the match.

“What can I do? Shoot them, it would be a good idea.”

USMNT’s Gooch leaving Sunderland for loan to League One side

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Twenty-year-old American striker Lynden Gooch is taking his talents away from the Stadium of Light for a bit.

Gooch, 20, has been on the periphery of Sunderland’s First Team this year, and was the Barclays’ U-21 Player of the Month for August.

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But he hasn’t been able to break through to Sam Allardyce‘s 18, and will get a chance to shine for a Doncaster Rovers side that needs his help.


“I like to play in the number 10 role just behind the main striker, I hope I can bring quality to the team with lots of goals, that’s what my game is.

“I’m really excited at the potential of making my Football League debut on Saturday, I can’t wait.”

The loan is a one-month move, and will see Gooch join a club six points off the promotion playoff pace. Doncaster faces Fleetwood Town, Port Vale, Walsall, Scunthorpe in the next three weeks.

Moves like this can be quite beneficial, and even turn into longer term deals. Across the Northeast, Newcastle United youngster Adam Armstrong is starring on loan for Coventry City.