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Monday, January 12, 2009
Now Benitez turns on Man Utd chief exec Gill

Soccernet staff

Rafael Benitez has continued his withering attack against Manchester United with a fresh swipe at the Old Trafford club, this time singling out United's chief executive David Gill.

Last Friday the Liverpool boss launched an extraordinary diatribe against his Old Trafford counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson attacking him for his attitude toward referees and claims about fixtures.

After Liverpool's limp 0-0 draw with Stoke Benitez followed up with comments about Gill, who also holds a senior position at the Football Association.

Benitez said: ''They were saying we are a threat. Now they know we are, they are playing mind games. But I don't think it's a mind game when you have control over everything; it's a mind game when you have the same level as the other people, then you can show you are cleverer than the others.

''But when you have control of everything and your chief executive is powerful in the FA and things like this, then that is not mind games.

''Is there a conflict of interest with David Gill at the FA? That is another fact. It is a fact that one person has a lot of power and control, and is on a lot of committees in the FA. To me that is very strange.''

Neither the Football Association nor United have commented on the Liverpool boss' latest outburst, but on Sunday Ferguson was restrained in his reaction to Benitez's initial comments.

Ferguson said: ''There was a lot of venom in what he has said. I don't understand where it has come from.

''He is obviously disturbed about something. When he reflects on it he must realise what a ridiculous thing he is saying. But all I want to do is focus on my own team. If we can do that we have a big chance.''

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