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Bitter Tottenham Report Liverpool and Manchester United

By | 18th July 2008

Today’s top headlines revolve around the news that Tottenham have officially reported Liverpool and Manchester United to the Premier League. Spurs are accusing the two clubs of tapping up player Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov. Here is the official statement from chairman Daniel Levy:

“Today’s public comments by Manchester United’s manager, announcing that he has made an offer for Dimitar and is confident that the deal will go through with time working in their favour, is a blatant example of sheer arrogance and interference with one of our players. It is also probably one of the worst offences by any manager in the Premier League to date and is unbelievably hypocritical given his recent comments in respect of Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid. This comes after a series of events, dating back to last summer, which have shown Manchester United to be in breach of Premier League (PL) rules. As a result, we have today made an official complaint to the PL about the conduct of Manchester United. Benitez made similar comments in respect of Robbie recently and we made an official complaint to the PL about the conduct of Liverpool earlier this week. The behaviour of both clubs has been disgraceful. We told both clubs very early on that we had no interest in selling Robbie or Dimitar, respectively, and that they should refrain from pursuing the player. Both clubs arrogantly chose to ignore this request and we now have evidence that both clubs have systematically been working to prise the players away from us, outside of PL rules of conduct. Our subsequent position has been severely compromised by both clubs making their intentions widely known and indeed making contact with the players and their agents, without the club’s permission. I have absolutely no wish to sell either player and to date we have not accepted any offer for either. However, when a player’s head is turned and their commitment is absent, particularly when they occupy key positions such as that of striker, they become a negative influence in a team dressing room in which they were once a positive addition and influence. This is the situation we now have on our hands, with both Dimitar and Robbie having made it clear that they wish to leave for Manchester Utd and Liverpool respectively. Irrespective of the outcome and futures of Robbie and Dimitar, we are continuing to seek to bring in quality, talented players for the future, who want to play in a Spurs shirt.”

What do I think of this? Sheer bitterness on behalf of the Tottenham board. Unlike Real Madrid, Manchester United haven’t been releasing statements saying a deal has been agreed with the player regarding personal terms. The only thing that has happened has been Sir Alex Ferguson saying that he wants to sign Berbatov and that he is ready to bid for Berbatov – the exact route a club needs to go in order to sign a player. In fact, in his statement, chairman Levy made it clear that he was complaining that Ferguson announced an offer had been made – it’s in his first first sentence! Well, Mr. Levy, isn’t making an offer the correct way to go about signing a player?

In addition to this, Tottenham can now be accused of sending mixed signals. Just recently Juande Ramos refused to rule out the sale of Keane and Berbatov as he said that he doesn’t know what will happen, and either way Tottenham can replace the players with other players who want to play there. Every player has his price, and Ramos realizes that.

Hopefully the Premier League officials have some sense to them and dismiss this outrageous claim by Tottenham. Leave your thoughts in the comments section.



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