Belgian youngster drops his team in it by stating the obvious
Manchester United fringe player Ritchie De Laet has left lawyers at the three relegation-threatened North East clubs circling around Old Trafford after suggesting Sir Alex Ferguson will field a weakened side against Hull City on the final day of the season.
Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland had already been busy making people aware that they would consider suing United should a second-string side lose to Hull.
The trio of clubs have been highlighting Paragraph E20 of Premier League rules which states: “In every league match each participating club should field a full strength team.”
Enter 20-year-old Belgian Ritchie De Laet, who hinted that Fergie has promised him a debut on Sunday.
He said: “I spent 15 minutes in the manager’s office and he was very pleased with me. I could be on the bench against Hull. Our big stars are sure to be rested and I hope to get my chance.”
The Premier League has confirmed it will be monitoring the matches to ensure that no rules are breached.
It seems a bit wishy-washy to me. Are we going to have retrospective legal action for any game Cristiano Ronaldo was on the bench this season?