Allegations that Teamsters president William McCarthy associates with men linked to organized crime are all a misunderstanding, a union lawyer said Friday.

McCarthy could face expulsion from the union over the matter. But James T. Grady, Teamsters general counsel, said, "It was, let's say, an administrative foulup. I think the matter can be satisfactorily resolved within the next day or two."At issue are charges filed Thursday by Charles Carberry, a special investigations officer appointed by the federal courts as part of a settlement with the Justice Department to end the government's civil racketeering suit against the Teamsters.