Wenger, Nasri in hot water

2011-03-09 17:19

London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Samir Nasri are to face disciplinary proceedings following comments made to the referee following their club's Champions League defeat by Barcelona, UEFA said on Wednesday.

Arsenal lost the last-16 second-leg match 3-1 to go out 4-3 on aggregate and Wenger was furious at a second yellow card shown to striker Robin van Persie in the 56th minute for kicking the ball after the whistle sounded for an offside decision.

At that stage the score was 1-1 at the Nou Camp, with Arsenal 3-2 ahead on aggregate.

Wenger remonstrated with Swiss referee Massimo Busacca after the match, following him down the tunnel to continue speaking.

Van Persie claimed he had not heard the referee's whistle before blasting the ball wide. Wenger told a news conference the decision was "embarrassing" and said UEFA representatives at the game had been shocked by the decision.

Nasri has also been charged with improper conduct for his comments to the referee after the match, while Van Persie could also be in trouble after describing the decision as a joke, saying that Busacca had "been bad all evening."

Wenger was given a one-match ban for improper conduct in 2007 for showing dissent against a referee's decision in a Champions League match.

Wenger and Nasri will have their cases heard by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on March 17.


  • Mzansisoka - 2011-03-09 17:36

    I'm no Arsenal supporter but yes the ref was dubious! The red for Persie was a joke for real and I think even Peter Mabuza

  • Mzansisoka - 2011-03-09 17:37

    I'm no Arsenal supporter but yes the ref was dubious! The red for Persie was a joke for real and I think even Peter Mabuza can do a much better job... Bad refereeing leaves some sour taste... it sucks!

  • Selwyn - 2011-03-09 18:06

    a replay should be ordered. If impossible, promulgate that type of incident,for future decision making.

  • mike - 2011-03-09 18:14

    Coming from a Man U supporters I have to say that was one of the worst Ref decisions ever made. The ref should never be allowed to ref a major match again. Almost like he was under instructions to find an excuse to send someone off because at that stage it looked like Barca were going out of the tournament. Think this game was rigged, can't see how else you explain such a bad call from what is suppose to be a professional ref.

  • Luis - 2011-03-09 18:55

    That referee is the worst referee in the world! He continuously makes the same ridicules decisions over and over. He should reconsider he’s own purpose in life never mind just being a referee. He is the same referee that gave South Africa’s keeper a red card in the 2010 world cup against Uruguay for apparently fouling "IN THIN AIR" he is an embarrassment to uefa and fifa!

  • Claude - 2011-03-09 23:42

    What about the Ref he is the real one that needs investigation from his understanding of the rules to his conduct on the day and perhaps much more. Is he man enough to apologise to Arsenal and the ticket paying public or will he be a wimp and hide behind the code that says Referees can do no wrong. In any event as an Arsenal supporter congratulations to Barcelona they deserved there win.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-10 13:10

    This ref was a joke. Last night I watch Crous kick the ball after the ref blew for offside. Just like van Persie he was in motion and chanced a shot. So why Van Persie action should be different from Crous. Reminds me a few years ago when Jan Lehmann was adjudge to have committed a foul. Instead allowing the play to continue and give Barcelona the option of scoring and then showing a yellow card to Lehmann he went for the red card. I rest my case with these referees.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-03-10 13:46

    Barcelona would have won the match with or without Van Persie. Buy quality players and stop complining to referees. Why is this guy still coaching Arsenal? What has he done for the club? I think he might be the longest serving coach in history to manage a successless club

  • Mark - 2011-03-10 15:44

    The whole vibe in that stadium was the antithesis of what sport should be. If a Barca player fell it was such a terrible injustice... but if an Arsenal player fell, he was just pretending... Blah Blah Blah. It was more of a theatrical production than a sports event. The whole thing was a total joke... actually not a funny one... so perhaps a total farce rather. Shame on all involved.

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