Benitez questions Gill role

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has continued his public attack on Manchester United, Alex Ferguson and their relationship with the Football Association by questioning the role of David Gill.

Gill, United’s Chief Executive, is also a member of the F.A.’s board and on several committes inside the organisation.

Adding to comments made last week about Ferguson getting away with complaining about F.A. decisions, Benitez added yesterday, “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.”