Wenger told to cool it

2011-03-12 17:50

London - Arsenal chairperson Peter Hill-Wood has told Gunners boss Arsene Wenger there is nothing to gain from arguing with UEFA following his team's controversial Champions League exit against Barcelona.

Wenger and Samir Nasri have both been charged by UEFA following their protests to referee Massimo Busacca after he sent off Robin van Persie in Arsenal's 3-1 last 16 second leg defeat at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

But Wenger continued the spat when he branded the European game's governing body as "arrogant" and a "dictatorship" in a press conference on Thursday.

However, Hill-Wood wants the matter ended because he believes Wenger will struggle to get UEFA to listen to his complaints.

"Emotions were running very high," he said in the Daily Star. "It is understandable, but I don't think you achieve a great deal by dealing with things in this way, rather than in a more private way.

"They (UEFA) are difficult people to deal with - they don't listen to you and they never have done.

"Maybe one day they might - but I am not going to hold my breath.

"I don't believe in criticising referees myself because I don't think you achieve much.

"But managers take a different view - not only our own, but also others, including one we all know about right now (probably alluding to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson). I think Arsene is very upset."


  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-03-12 18:27

    Wenger will probably achieve nothing because like FIFA the EUFA have made themselves dictators in the sport. The referee decision had all the hallmarks of a betting scam with huge profits for the correct forecast. Ten men against Barcelona at 1-1 all -----everything to win if one man on one side was sent off and someone bet on Arsenal losing. That is the real soccer, cricket and other sporting worlds out there. Money is the God not the game!

      Liam Groome - 2011-03-16 08:06

      You obviously didn't watch the game. Arsenal never stood a chance. Barcelona was all over them from the start.

  • scott - 2011-03-12 20:20

    you gunners fans are sour losers. the ref wont compramize his reputation on purpose-people make mistakes. arsenal had zero shots on target that game and 100 passes to 799-jeez, they had zero chance anyway. the english game was shown up yet again. spain has the best players and thats why they won the world cup. english teams try to buy success. why do people pander to the premier league just bcoz it gets the most publicity. 6 years with zero success, FIRE WENGER ALREADY.

  • Gunner - 2011-03-13 16:29

    Agree , forget abt it Wenger and focus on winning the EPL. No need to rest players now, best side should be played in every league game and we should win comfortably

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-14 12:31

      So you only have one left hey? The Quadruple fell apart did it? 6 years and counting son!

      Jay - 2011-03-16 06:12

      Man Utds 3rd team will beat Arse-nal's bes team!!

  • mikedek - 2011-03-14 08:56

    The only reason why Wenger is continuing in this manner in the view of the public is that he is trying to shift the focus and blame from his poor tactical strategy both against Barcelona as well as the recent Manchester United game to 'poor referee. If he had remained silent the level of negative press relating to his strategy would have been overwhelming. (Shift the focus of the problem!!)

  • Claude - 2011-03-15 07:33

    Too much money in the Sport with people making fortunes that they don't deserve at all levels from players to the top administrators. You can't get fairness in a sport when some people only protect their positions and egos.

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