Veteran 'keeper Brad Friedel has reacted angrily to accusations levelled at him by former international teammate, and fellow Premier League shot stopper, Everton's Tim Howard.
Howard, in an extract in his upcoming autobiography, accuses Friedel of doing his best to block his 2003 transfer to Manchester United - claiming the now Tottenham Hotspur man, then playing for Blackburn Rovers, attempted to have authorities reject a work permit for Howard.
Howard's claims come from his upcoming autobiography, 'The Keeper', and concern Friedel's apparently extensive efforts to see that his fellow American did not get his dream move to Old Trafford.
"The legal team at Manchester United told me that Brad hadn't merely refused to sign a statement on my behalf, he had actively tried to block my transfer," Howard writes.
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The now Everton man goes on to reveal to just what an extent Friedel allegedly went to block the move.
"He'd written to the appeals committee suggesting that I shouldn't be given a work permit at all."
Friedel did admit today that he had refused to sign a letter of support written by Bruce Arena - the duo's former coach for the United States. However the veteran keeper argued it was down to a blatantly inaccurate claim in the document rather than a desire to stop Howard moving to Manchester.
"It said that I had been in direct competition with Tim Howard for the starting job on the USA national team for the last two years, when anyone who follows soccer knew it was between Kasey Keller and I," explained Friedel.
The former Aston Villa and Liverpool man is clearly reeling at the accusations and left no one in any doubt about the "ludicrous" claims:
"It it complete garbage...I never sabotaged and I never stood in the way of Tim Howard getting a work permit. This is ludicrous," he told ESPN.
Whether Friedel helped or hindered during the legal wrangling behind Howard's transfer it didn't matter in the end with Alex Ferguson bringing in the keeper for $4 million.
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