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Wenger Denies Calling RVN Cheat

Will3172010-04-29 10:22:57 +0000 #1
Manager Arsene Wenger has today denied calling Man United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy a cheat following the match between the two teams at the weekend.

BBC Sport - 26.10.04

Wenger denies 'cheat' accusation

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied calling Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy a cheat.

Wenger has been asked to explain comments he made about Van Nistelrooy and referee Mike Riley after his side's 2-0 loss to Manchester United.

"I don't have to deny what I did not say," said Wenger when asked about calling the United striker a cheat.

The Frenchman also claimed he had no knowledge of an alleged food fight in the Old Trafford tunnel.

He added: "I don't know about that. I haven't seen it if something was thrown."

"This game has been watched in 75 countries and English football lost a good occasion to let football talk on the pitch."

Arsene Wenger

Wenger was more keen to talk about the way Manchester United played and virtually accused Sir Alex Ferguson's side of kicking their way to victory.

"I was not angry after the game at all," he added.

"I love football and I respect Manchester United and the referees but on this occasion I feel they did not play the game in the spirit we tried to play.

"And the referee did not have enough authority on the game to make football we love respected.

"We are just determined to get on with it and to make our football talk for us like we do on the pitch and tried to do on Sunday.

"This game has been watched in 75 countries and English football lost a good occasion to let football talk on the pitch."

Van Nistelrooy has pleaded guilty to an FA charge of serious foul play for a challenge on Ashley Cole and will be banned for three games.

But Wenger was also unhappy with the treatment received by Spanish winger Jose Antonio Reyes.

"The real problem was on the pitch and that's what we have to talk about," he said.

"The FA has to take action on what they feel is right. They have a responsibility and an authority to tackle the real problems in the game.

"Football works well when everybody does their job. I'm responsible for the behaviour of my team on the pitch and the way we play football.

"Reyes has been kicked off the park."

Wenger was heavily critical of Riley in the aftermath of the match and he maintained the referee should have been firmer in his handling of the game.

He added: "I don't question the referee's honesty but he didn't protect well enough the spirit of the game.

"I agree the referee has a difficult job but still it is all in the rule book to make the game respected."

Will3172010-04-29 10:37:04 +0000 #2
Title of post pretty self-explanatory...

BBC Sport - 26.10.04

Van Nistelrooy accepts FA charge

Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy has pleaded guilty to a charge of serious foul play.

The Football Association charge relates to his challenge on Arsenal's Ashley Cole, which looks set to land him a three-match ban after his admission.

Van Nistelrooy admitted: "I accept the charge brought by the FA and I take full responsibility."

His ban starts with immediate effect, meaning he will miss the Carling Cup tie against Crewe on Tuesday.

The incident will still be reviewed by a three-man FA panel on Thursday, but their verdict appears academic as United have publicly stated they expect the striker to serve a three-match suspension.

He is also likely to miss Saturday's trip to Portsmouth and the game against Manchester City on 7 November.

Van Nistelrooy added: "Throughout my 10-year career I believe my disciplinary record is very good, not only for Manchester United but at all clubs."

Despite his admission, the Dutch international striker insisted there had been no malice in the tackle during Sunday's 2-0 win over Arsenal.

"There was no deliberate intent to harm Ashley Cole and I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to him," he said.

It will be the first time in his career the player has served a suspension.

A statement from United said: "Ruud van Nistelrooy has decided to accept the FA's charge of misconduct relating to the incident with Ashley Cole.

"Ruud has accepted the automatic penalty of a three-match suspension and Manchester United fully supports Ruud's decision."
zenden92010-04-29 10:39:30 +0000 #3
Rooney and Smith combination will serve well without RVN.
Will3172010-04-29 11:27:12 +0000 #4
Yeah, they'll probably do fine without him for a few games.



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