Manchester United player revs up the lawyers of Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland
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?