Thursday 19 April 2018

Louis van Gaal given extra time to respond to FA charge

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been given an extra 24 hours to respond to his Football Association disrepute charge.

Van Gaal was charged by the governing body for remarks that ''allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bringing the game into disrepute'' following comments he made after United's FA Cup clash with Cambridge.

After the 0-0 draw at the Abbey Stadium, the Dutchman said: "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 was initially told to answer the charge by Monday evening but will now have until 6pm on Tuesday to give his response after the club sought an extension.

He has already said he will contest it, telling a press conference last week: "I am very disappointed. For nearly 30 years I have been a trainer, coach or manager and I have never been charged.

''Up to now I don't think I said something wrong. I said in our press conference the same phrases, because I know in advance that everything is in favour of the underdog. It is always like that."

United booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over League Two Cambridge in the replay last week.

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