The Red Devils’ manager Louis van Gaal was given a formal warning by Football Association (FA) after his comments on match referee Chris Foy following their 0-0 draw against Cambridge in FA Cup fourth round.
The manager’s comments came last month when he implied that the referee was against his side during his interview to the media.
He then said, “Every aspect of a match is against us. We have to come here, the pitch isn’t so good, that can influence that you can play in another style. The opponents always give a lot more than they normally give and defending is always easier than attacking. 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.”
van Gaal escaped ban despite his comments and was given a formal warning on his future conduct. The FA has released a statement regarding the situation in its official website.
The statement read,”Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday 18 February 2015, Louis van Gaal has been warned as to his future conduct after he was found to have breached FA Rules in relation to media comments”.
“The Manchester United manager denied that his comments which followed The FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Cambridge United on 23 January 2015 alleged and/or implied bias on the part of the match referee, and/or brought the game into disrepute”, the statement added.
The manager however expressed his surprise for being charged by saying,”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.”