Sir Alex was once handed one-year touchline ban after ‘verbal attack’ on referee

Sir Alex Ferguson was once handed a one-year touchline ban by the Scottish FA when he was in the hot seat at Aberdeen.

The 79-year-old spent six years at Aberdeen in the late 1970s and early 1980s – and he guided the Dons to a European Cup Winners Cup success over Real Madrid.

However, when the Dons had first ventured into Europe, Ferguson hadn't been on the touchline.

Aberdeen were facing Hibernian, and they looked set to take the Scottish Championship for the first time under Sir Alex.

With his side 2-0, and cruising to victory, Ferguson unleashed a verbal assault on referee Brian McGinlay for giving a throw-in to Hibs.

Manchester United legend Ferguson later wrote in his autobiography: “I have regretted those words ever since.

"My one-year ban in 1980 kept me away from the touchline even in European games. It was a big wrench for me really.

“My behaviour stemmed from the fact I was still a young manager. I had quit playing football at 32 and at 37 I was banned for a year, at an age when some players are still playing.

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"I had a lot of energy, I maybe should have been expending on the park was being channelled into giving referees the benefits of my thoughts, loud and clear."

Ferguson left his native Scotland in 1986 when Manchester United came calling.

The Scotsman spent the next three decades at Old Trafford, where he delivered a wealth of success.

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