Vieira claims misrepresentation of United comments

Thu, 29 Mar 08:39:11 2012

Patrick Vieira has admitted he did not watch the game which led to what he claimed was a "serious and cynical misrepresentation" of a TV interview.

The Manchester City football development executive has reacted with fury to the interpretation given to comments made to the BBC in an interview to publicise Football Against Hunger, a campaign to tackle starvation in Africa.

Asked to comment on the incident at the end of Manchester United's 1-0 win over Fulham on Monday, when Danny Murphy was pushed over in the box by Michael Carrick without getting a penalty, Vieira said he had not seen the game, but he felt this had not been made clear in reporting of his interview, which concentrated on his assertion that United receive favourable decisions from officials.

Those views fanned the flames of controversy once more after the Frenchman's claim last week that the decision to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement smacked of desperation on the Red Devils' part and City announced in a statement that the BBC's Dan Roan, who conducted the interview, had been banned from the club's facilities.

The statement read: "An interview given to the BBC's Dan Roan contained what Patrick feels was a very leading line of questions regarding Manchester United supposedly receiving favourable treatment by referees. Patrick feels that his views have been deliberately taken out of context."

Vieira said: "I am very angry with Dan Roan. I feel he has misrepresented me. I made it clear in the interview twice that I wanted to avoid criticising United and even stated that I didn't watch the United game against Fulham and had not seen the incident to which the reporter referred."


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