27 Dec 2008

Arsene Wenger may be asked to please explain

3:42 pm on 27 December 2008

The manager of the English Premier League football side Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, may be facing a request from the Football Association to explain his comments following Arsenal's drawn match with Aston Villa.

Wenger effectively accused officials from the home club of influencing referee Lee Mason during halftime.

The French manager and his counterpart Martin O'Neill were also involved in an angry verbal exchange across the technical areas during the second half at Villa Park where the game ended two all.

They had to be separated by the fourth official, although neither manager received any punishment.

But Wenger's coded accusation that members of the Villa backroom staff spoke with Mason, when Arsenal were leading 1-0, may well be placed under closer scrutiny as it could be viewed as an accusation that Villa had behaved improperly.

The draw left Arsenal 10 points behind leaders Liverpool.