The Everton goalie controversially accused his fellow American goalkeeper of trying to block his transfer to the Old Trafford club 11 years ago.
He claimed in his book The Keeper that Spurs stopper Friedel – then a Blackburn Rovers player – refused to support his work permit application, saying:
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.
He’d written to the appeals committee suggesting that I shouldn’t be given a work permit at all.
That’s a bold claim Friedel denies and the former American international was forced to clarify his side of the situation.
It is complete garbage.
I never sabotaged and I never stood in the way of Tim Howard getting a work permit. This is ludicrous.
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.
Yes, I refused to sign that. We got the letter and said ‘We have to change this, because this isn’t true’. We made our changes and sent it back. They didn’t like what I was going to sign so they didn’t use it. And that was the end of the matter.
And that has now led Howard to effectively apologise to Friedel and insist every future copy of his book is changed to strike off any claim against his fellow American.
A statement was released by Howard on his Facebook earlier today:
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