Van Gaal to contest FA charge

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed he will contest the FA charge given to him for media comments he made in the wake of the club’s 0-0 draw at Cambridge United.

It was alleged that the Dutchman’s comments following the FA Cup fourth round tie implied bias on the part of the match referee and/or brought the game into disrepute.

Van Gaal believes his comments did not break any rules and will fight the ruling.

Asked whether or not he would contest the charge. Van Gaal said: ”Of course I will. I have done nothing wrong.”

Van Gaal was critical of referee Chris Foy following the result last month, saying “every aspect of the match is against us.”

The charge will come as no surprise to United fans who regularly saw Sir Alex Ferguson lambast officials during his long reign at the club but having never been charged in 30 years of football, Van Gaal is disappointed at the charge.

A 0-0 draw at Cambridge was a disappointing result and Van Gaal showed why he had a reputation of having a fiery temper but the Red Devils eventually made up for the draw after beating Cambridge 3-0 in a replay at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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