Louis van Gaal plans to appeal FA charge over referee comments

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Louis van Gaal announced on Friday that he plans to contest a recent FA charge over critical comments made regarding the referee in Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Cambridge United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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Van Gaal, who said on Jan. 23 that “every aspect of the match is against us – the pitch, the referee. Everything that you can think about this is against you,” was adamant he has said nothing wrong.

He went on to reference his sterling discipline record as a coach and manager, seemingly baffled by how the FA chose to interpret his comments.

“I never said anything wrong. I never say something about the referee, never. I am not angry, I am very disappointed. For nearly 30 years I have been a trainer, coach or manager and I have never been charged.”

30 years of a sparkling clean reputation gone down the drain, just like that. 30 years of good behavior elsewhere in the world, and all it took was six months in the Premier League to soil this 63-year-old’s good name.