Van Gaal denies any wrong doing…
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he will contest his FA charge for comments made about the referee following his side’s 0-0 draw with Cambridge United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
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The United boss was frustrated following the stalemate with the League Two side at Abbey Stadium and said to the BBC in his post-match comments:
“Every aspect of a match is against us – the pitch, the referee.”
And he later added to his accusations in the post match press conference saying: “You have seen the referee. It’s always the same.
“Everywhere I have coached these games – and I have coached them also with other clubs – it’s always the same.”
Van Gaal adressed the issue head on in his news conference and said he would of course contest the charge because he feels he has done nothing wrong.
“I’m not angry, I’m disappointed,” said the Dutch coach in his pre-West Ham press conference.
“Still, up to now, I don’t think I said something wrong.”
Van Gaal will contest his FA charge. “Of course I will. I have done nothing wrong.” #mufc
— Ian Ladyman (@Ian_Ladyman_DM) February 6, 2015
Van Gaal’s charge by English football’s governing body comes seemingly admist a crackdown on managerial comments on match officials with Jose Mourinho receiving an expensive fine for suggesting referees had a ‘campaign’ against Chelsea.
The Times report that van Gaal is almost certain to escape a touchline ban but, similar to Mourinho, could receive a hefty fine for comments which have been seen as an attempt to influence referees.