Gill dismisses Benitez claim

14 January 2009 12:56
Manchester United chief executive David Gill has back at Rafael Benitez's "inaccurate" comments concerning his role with the Football Association. Benitez hit out at Sir Alex Ferguson last week in an angry blast during which he accused the United boss of not respecting referees and receiving preferential treatment from the FA. The Spaniard then reopened his war of words with the Old Trafford club on Monday by questioning Gill's position on the Football Association board. But speaking from Macau after announcing details of United's tour of Asia next summer, Gill denied that there is a conflict of interest between his two roles. "With respect to his comments on my position they are totally inaccurate," he said. "The reality of it is that on the FA board sit three representatives of the Premier League in Premier League chairman Dave Richards, Bolton chairman Phil Gartside and myself. "They are elected every year by every club in the Premier League and when we are on the board we are there representing the Premier League and I am not there representing Manchester United. "The reality is that when you look at the decisions and issues I think anyone would understand that we don't get special treatment because of that. "Therefore I was surprised and I think they (Benitez's comments) are totally inaccurate."

Source: ESA

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