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'Disappointed' Van Gaal to contest charge for ref comments

Man United manager Louis van Gaal says he'll contest FA charge for implying referee bias

'Disappointed' Van Gaal to contest charge for ref comments

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he will contest a charge by the English Football Association that he implied a referee was biased against his team during an FA Cup match.

Van Gaal said after United's 0-0 draw with fourth-tier Cambridge on Jan. 23 that "every aspect of the match is against us -- the pitch, the referee. Everything that you can think about this is against you." He was charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.

The Dutchman says Friday "I never said anything wrong. I never say something about the referee, never."

Van Gaal added "I am not angry, I am very disappointed. For nearly 30 years I have been a trainer, coach or manager and I have never been charged."


Updated : 2021-09-18 09:11 GMT+08:00