Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson said his comments about Salford City have been taken out of context and that the National League sides owners have every right to invest in their club, report STV News.

The Northern Irishman had angered Salford’s co-owner Gary Neville after he said the fifth-tier club “blew us away with money” when competing to sign a player.

Quoting an article based on Robinson’s comments, the former Manchester United defender said: “There used to be an etiquette in football where you wouldn’t talk about another club’s business.”

Salford, who are part owned by Phil and Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, have also been accused by Accrington chairman Andy Holt of trying to “steal” a place in the English Football League, but Robinson insists he has no problem with the backing of non-league clubs and said his comments were said in relation to Scottish football’s ability to compete.

He said: “(I have) no thoughts on Gary’s (comments). As I said in my original interview, Salford City, I can see the attraction.

“They have excellent backers, they have people who want to put their money in and take the football club forwards so they should be absolutely admired for that.

“I spoke to Graham Alexander (Salford manager), I phoned him and said ‘this is not what the interview was based on, it was based on how Scottish football can compete’.

“I’m very supportive; if people want to put money in football clubs, brilliant.”

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