Man Utd happy with Heinze ruling

Manchester United are satisfied with the ruling that Gaby Heinze cannot move to Liverpool without their permission.

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After a two-day hearing, a three-man panel ruled that a letter, signed by Red Devils chief executive David Gill, confirming the sum United would be willing to accept for the defender, did not constitute a binding undertaking to offload the 29-year-old to anyone who matched the £6.8million fee.

So far, Liverpool are the only club United have publicly confirmed have met their valuation, but Gill and manager Sir Alex Ferguson both refused to sanction a deal which would have seen Heinze become the first player to leave Old Trafford for Anfield since Phil Chisnall in 1964.

Now the Premier League have backed that view, leaving Heinze to see out the remaining two years of his United contract.

"We are pleased that the panel has endorsed our case," said a Manchester United spokesman.

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