11 Mar 2011

Wenger demands apology from FIFA

7:03 am on 11 March 2011

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger has launched an astonishing attack on the European Football Union, demanding an apology for Robin van Persie's controversial red card in their losing Champions League match earlier this week in Barcelona.

Wenger is still furious that referee Massimo Busacca sent off Van Persie for a second booking when the Dutch forward fired a shot wide one second after the whistle blew for offside.

Arsenal were ahead on aggregate at the time but went on to lose the match and the tie and an irate Wenger was involved in a confrontation with Busacca in the tunnel after the final whistle.

UEFA responded by hitting Wenger and the Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri with improper conduct charges for "inappropriate language" towards the Swiss official.

But Wenger believes UEFA should be apologising to him for Busacca's decision and their refusal to acknowledge the referee made a mistake, adding that a bit more humility would do UEFA some good.