Fergie demands ban for reporter who asked Giggs question
Published 16:02 24/05/11 By MirrorFootball
Alex Ferguson has been caught on a microphone demanding to have a journalist banned from Manchester United for asking a question about Ryan Giggs.
Giggs - who missed the open training session at United Carrington training ground this morning - was named yesterday as the married Premier League player who took out an injunction over his relationship with 28-year-old reality TV star Imogen Thomas.
Today Red Devils boss Fergie was talking to the press ahead of the Champions League final this Saturday when United will take on Barcelona at Wembley.
Reporter Rob Harris from the Associated Press news agency asked: "The most experienced Champions League player in the team is obviously Ryan Giggs. How important is he for the team on Saturday?"
Ferguson responded sharply: "All the players are important, every one of them."
Just minutes later Ferguson was recorded telling the Manchester United press officer Karen Shotbolt to ban Harris for asking the question.
Here is a transcript of the conversation which was caught on a Sky News microphone:
Sir Alex Ferguson: "The guy that asked the question about Giggsy... at the press conference".
Karen Shotbolt: "Which one?"
SAF: "Him that asked the question... who?"
KS: "Oh yeah, I'll tell you later."
(A few minutes later) SAF: "Is he coming on Friday?"
KS: "The guy with the laptop?"
SAF: "Aye. Then we'll get him. Ban him on Friday."