Referees don’t seem very popular at Old Trafford…
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been charged for comments ‘alleging or implying bias’ after their match with Cambridge United, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The Dutchman claimed that everyone was against the Red Devils when they played Cambridge United, including the officials. The FA is unhappy with this situation with this, and charged the 63-year-old late on Wednesday. Van Gaal has until 6pm on Monday to reply to the accusations.
“We know in advance everything is against us,” Van Gaal said after the 0-0 draw. “We have to come here, the pitch is not so good but that can influence also that you play in another style and the opponents are always giving a lot more than normally and defending is always easier than attacking.”
He added, “And then you have seen the referee, it’s always the same. Everywhere I have coached these games, and I have coached them with other clubs it’s always the same.”
The FA released this statement on Wednesday.
“Louis van Gaal has been charged by The FA for media comments he made after Manchester United’s FA Cup Fourth Round match against Cambridge United on Friday 23 January 2015.”
It continued: “It is alleged that the Manchester United manager’s comments allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute. He has until 6pm on Monday 9 February 2015 to respond to the charge.”
Managers have received both touchline bans and fines for criticising referees in the past.