Date:Sunday April 13 2008
I can understand Arsene Wenger's position. After seeing that Adebayor was allowed bundle the ball into the net with his arm, he must have thought that for his side, handballs are legitimate and may be used.
'We lose on a penalty we cannot believe but we are used to it now. And on the free kick, he did not touch him. They are two big decisions and we have to take it.'
Arsene, of course, saw both incidents this time: he's not bothered by the fact that it was an obvious and deliberate handball by Gallas nor that Evra was clearly stopped by unlawful means.
And we should not expect him to moan about the fact that the purity and integrity of the game was severely damaged by the fact that Adebayor was allowed to use his hand to score. It was not a big decision it seems, as I said, he seems to expect favourable treatment from referees just because the media view them as the best thing since Brazil 1970.
Will he come out and condemn Adebayor for hacking down Anderson from behind with two feet as a retaliation for a fair tackle, without any intention to get the ball? No, I don't think so. Will he acknowledge that it should have been a red card? No, he won't.
Fergie was charged for criticising Martin Atkinson after the Pompey game but he did not debate the decision to give the visitors a penalty though it was no more blatant than this one. Will Wenger be charged for once again questioning the officials? No, I think he'll get away with it again.
Date:Sunday April 13 2008
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