Real hit back in Ronaldo row

10 June 2008 10:44
Real Madrid have accused Manchester United of lacking evidence after they were reported to FIFA over their public pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo. The angry Red Devils followed through on a previous threat to report the Spanish giants to the game's global governing body if they continued their relentless chase of the Portugal international. United lodged an official complaint with FIFA on Monday, but Real president Ramon Calderon has hit back at the Old Trafford club and accused them of lacking any genuine evidence. Both he and coach Bernd Schuster, plus several members of the Madrid squad, have made public their desire to see the 23-year-old winger at the Bernabeu next season. "They don't have any evidence because nothing has happened," claimed a bullish Calderon. "All there is, is what the papers say and rumours that the player seems to want to leave. "But at the moment a move is impossible because United don't want to sell him. "It's United's right (to complain), but we haven't done anything and we are not going to do anything. "It's a matter between the player and his club."

Source: ESA