Danny Higginbotham reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson saved his Manchester United career when a referee accused him of assault


Danny Higginbotham reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson saved his Manchester United career when a referee accused him of assault

Danny Higginbotham has recalled how a referee nearly ended his career by falsely accusing him of assault.

Sir Alex Ferguson was forced to intervene when former Manchester United stars Higginbotham and Ronnie Wallwork, both on loan at Antwerp in Belgium, were handed lengthy bans for their alleged role in a tunnel bust-up.

Higginbotham was accused of beating up a referee

The referee, Amand Ancion, said Wallwork pinned him up against a wall in the tunnel, while Higginbotham was also said to have laid his hands on him.

And the defender-turned-pundit has sensationally revealed the FIFA-listed official got someone to put marks on his neck and took photos of them.

Wallwork, 21 at the time, was facing a lifetime exclusion from the game, while a 20-year-old Higginbotham was looking at three years in Belgium and 12 months in England.