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UEFA bans Wenger and Nasri

2011-03-17 21:19

Nyon - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Samir Nasri were banned for one European match by UEFA on Thursday after their outburst at the end of the Champions League defeat in Barcelona.

Both had been charged with improper conduct following their angry protests to referee Massimo Busacca at the end of the last 16 second-leg match at the Nou Camp on March 8.

Wenger, who was also fined 10 000 euros ($14 010), subsequently accused European soccer's governing body of running a dictatorship.

"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on Thursday decided to suspend Wenger and Nasri for one European match each, with the punishment applying to the next UEFA club game for which either man will be eligible," UEFA said in a statement following the decision by a disciplinary hearing at its headquarters.

Wenger and Nasri were furious over the sending off of Robin van Persie, who was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away after the whistle had sounded for an offside decision.

Barca won the match 3-1 to complete a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Wenger described the decision by the Swiss official as "embarrassing" and was even more annoyed when UEFA decided to open disciplinary proceedings.

"We all understand that you can make wrong decisions but after that it becomes dictatorship, it's not any more common sense," Wenger said.

"It would be good for UEFA to show some humility, to apologise for what has happened."

UEFA also suspended Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Joe Jordan for one European match following his confrontation with AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso during and after their Champions League clash at the San Siro on February 15.

Gattuso was handed a four-match ban earlier this month for headbutting Jordan.

Reuters

Comments
  • scott - 2011-03-17 22:19

    haha brilliant but 1 match is nothing. shouldv been worse for such immature behaviour by professionals. if arse-ne wenger won something in the last 7 years then maybe people will take him seriously. why is he still manager? i wish i had his job, failure is rewarded. that ref wont compromize his reputation on purpose, he is human and makes mistakes. look at the stats in that barc

      mike - 2011-03-17 22:23

      Scott seriously did you watch the game man. Was an outrage and someone needed to say it. This coming from a Man U supporter. The ref is the one that should get banned, should never be allowed to ref above school boy level again.

      Gunner Nash - 2011-03-18 08:20

      At Scott: this 7 year thing is getting old now. Arsenal is the only club that built a new stadium in the last 7 years, I would like to see how your club deals with that. So with limited funds and lower salaries he has been able to compete with the best out there season after season. You dont read about Arsenal's debt crisis do u? So with time trophies will be coming to Emirites

      Devon - 2011-03-18 08:26

      Gunner Nash....so your excuse for Aresenal not winning anything is that they have built a better stadium and better facilities??? How does that work??

      Gunner Nash - 2011-03-18 08:30

      @ Devon: nvm

      mikedek - 2011-03-18 10:32

      Gunner Nash.If they funded the stadium from cash resources it would have been rather foolish. Rather poor excuse! Try another one!

  • scott - 2011-03-17 22:34

    to deflect attention away. the gunners didnt stand a chance anyway and didnt deserve to go through. 1 mistake and the ref is the devil? english teams will suffer the same fate as last season. spain has the best players and coaches hence the world cup win.

      Albo - 2011-03-18 10:01

      No.......Real Madrid and Barca do. I can`t even think of the names of the rest!!

  • mupet-killer - 2011-03-17 22:50

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  • spikytiger2001 - 2011-03-18 07:25

    How long will the dinosaurs rule over soccer? We have technology, we can see when a ref or a player does something wrong. Why is it only the players that get punished?

      Gunner Nash - 2011-03-18 08:23

      If we bring in technology, then we can't fix matches i guess

      mikedek - 2011-03-18 10:34

      Gunner Nash. Now it is match fixing! Try another one! Not a single shot at goal and you expected to win.

      Nkulisdad - 2011-03-18 11:12

      I'm wondering gore what happens to ref's when they make a mistake and if indeed they do get punished and if so, why is it not publysized.

  • Gunner Nash - 2011-03-18 11:08

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      mikedek - 2011-03-18 15:51

      Thanks. Is this you busy thinking of other excuses! Must say "Well Done" on the drawing.

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