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Wenger Won't Appeal Red Card

Wenger Won't Appeal Red Card

Arsene Wenger has applied the common sense that Alan Pardew lacks, in his reactions to Gilberto's sending off at Ewood park yesterday.

The FA very rarely speak out against their own referee's as not to undermine their decisions, and as the ref 'saw' what went on yesterday, Wenger pretty much know any such appeal would fail, possibly, as Pardew found out, resulting in a further ban.

Bert rather stupidly kicked out at Savage after the Welsh moron clattered into him, TWICE, from behind. We all know what Mr. Silva did was wrong, but surely the correct decision would have been to book, or send both off.

'He will miss three matches. To me the red card looked harsh because the first foul was made by Savage. Gilberto reacted a bit too much because he was kicked after the referee had blown the whistle. Ideally he should not have reacted at all but he told me he didn't touch Savage. There is not a lot we can do about it, we had to accept it and we gave the right response. We played 80 minutes with 10 men and still kept going forward every time we could.' said Wenger

'Usually appeals don't work when the referee has seen it so we could even get one game more! We don't want to take that chance.'

'I felt that Savage went in an aggressive way to Gilberto. I felt that if you send Gilberto off then you should send Savage off as well, although I need to see the incident again. The referee was very close to the action and decided to give Savage a yellow for the first foul, which he deserved. He applied the law to the letter, that means a red card for retaliation and a yellow for a bad foul, so he can defend his case. But in the spirit of the game I think both could have gone.'

So that is that. Next up, Manchester United, without Gilberto. As if the task wasn't hard enough already.


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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Sunday January 14 2007
Time: 1:09PM

Comments

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the abcense of gilberto has got me all worried about the next game.. he has been the most important player on the pitch for us in the recent past.. and without billy in the central defence.. we might be a bit exposed.. lets see what happens in a week's time..
go4it_adi
14/01/2007 13:54:00
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we won without henry at OT, we have the capacity to win at the emirates without henry
G4L
14/01/2007 15:54:00
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gilberto that is
G4L
14/01/2007 15:54:00
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Ive now seen Sp*rs players Bite people and Slap people and both get yellow cards while Gilberto gets a 3 match ban for clipping Lily savages ankles. The authorities that run our beautiful game are an absolute joke.
iceman10
14/01/2007 18:18:00
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flamini can do a great job in bert's absence, so it won't be a big problem, our team is good enough to beat united quite comfortably at home..
luckys_10
14/01/2007 18:19:00
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How many red cards is that now in Wengers reign?
merlin
14/01/2007 19:20:00
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more than your unbeaten home run i guess :d..
luckys_10
14/01/2007 19:55:00
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the same amount of UEFA and FA Charges Ur club and manager has recieved in the last 3 years Merlin!
iceman10
14/01/2007 20:53:00
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cynical challenges by savage...he was wrong to react but that is easy to say.....wise actions by wenger though....
ernshaw
15/01/2007 10:46:00
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Iceman - And i have seen Dennis "sharpen those elbows" Bergkamp stamp on people and Smash his elbows into peoples faces and get away with a ticking off. So shut it. Yes Chimbonda was lucky, Gilberto was not. Chimbonda was goading Butt by slapping him - he responded with the winning goal. Lily Savage was goading Gilberto by biting at his ankles. He responded by kicking out and getting himself sent off. So he has only himself to blame. It would be nice to see such gamesmanship eradicated, but its part and parcel and will never go away. Get used to it.
Jacky B
15/01/2007 13:35:00
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