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Tim Howard, Work Permit Application

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard during the warm up

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) has confirmed that union did not receive any correspondence from Brad Friedel with regard to denying Tim Howard a work permit.

Tim Howard moved to the Premier League in 2003, joining Manchester United in a £2.5million transfer from MLS club MetroStars.

In order to complete the move to Old Trafford, Howard needed a work permit, a process that applies to all players wishing to join an English club from outside the European Union.

The PFA is a member of the Stakeholders Consultation Group that sets the work permit criteria and is also a member of the appeal panel should a player not meet the pre-set criteria, as in Howard's case.

PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor OBE stated: "With regard to the appeal by Manchester United on behalf of Tim Howard, which was successful, we have been asked to confirm that the PFA did not receive any correspondence from Brad Friedel in opposition of Tim Howard's work permit application."

Taylor added: "Tim Howard and Brad Friedel have both made fantastic contributions to English football and have amassed over 800 league appearances between them.

"Both goalkeepers have also enjoyed extremely successful international careers with the United States, sharing nearly 200 caps.

"We hope this matter can now be resolved amicably."