Louis van Gaal: Man Utd boss requests hearing over FA charge

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has "never been charged in 30 years as a trainer-coach"

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has asked for a personal hearing to respond to a Football Association disrepute charge.

The Dutchman, 63, claimed referee Chris Foy was against his side in January's FA Cup draw at Cambridge United.

The FA tweeted:external-link "Louis van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge in relation to media comments and requests personal hearing, date to be confirmed."

Van Gaal said last Friday: "I do not think I said something wrong."

He added: "In 30 years as a trainer-coach, I've never been charged. You can confirm, as the media, that I never say anything about the referee."

After the 0-0 draw in the fourth-round tie against League Two Cambridge, Van Gaal told the BBC's Match of the Day: "Every aspect of a match is against us - the pitch, the referee."

He later repeated the accusation, adding: "You have seen the referee. It's always the same."

The FA said on Tuesday: "It is alleged his comments constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute."

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