London, Oct 5 : Scottish football manager Sir Alex Ferguson, currently managing Manchester United, has banned its players from holding their own Christmas bash. The ban comes after the scandal that ensued from the team's private gig last year, in which groups of women were invited to the luxury hotel in Manchester city centre, where they were staying.
Ferguson is said to have read then the riot act after the party where defender Johnny Evans was falsely accused of rape, and he has insisted that they attend an official club do with their partners.
"Sir Alex was raging at the situation his players found themselves in last year," News of the World quoted a United source as saying.
"A few of the lads were starting to talk about getting a venue for this year but their celebrations will now be very low-key and involve the gaffer every step of the way.
"He doesn't expect them to be virtual saints but he puts a lot of store in them involving partners, and knows it will keep them all on the straight and narrow," the source added.