Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Thursday March 1 2007
Arsene Wenger has been asked to explain his comments about the match report made by the linesman after the League Cup Final brawl.
It was claimed that the lineo reported Adebayor for punching Frank Lampard during the fracas.
Wenger was furious and after the Blackburn game he had this to say: 'I don't agree at all with the match report, with what the linesman said.
'It's a complete lie what is said in the match report and we cannot accept that.
'The linesman said that Adebayor punched Lampard. I would like to ask Lampard if he was punched by Adebayor.
'I feel the whole decision from the FA is wrong. There's a lot of things in there that are not true.'
The FA have reacted in their usual fashion and called Wenger to task.
An FA spokesperson said: 'Questioning the integrity of a match official and accusing them of lying is a very serious claim to make as it questions the whole integrity of the game.
'We also reject any accusations of bias or dishonesty within our disciplinary system. We will be asking Arsene Wenger to explain these comments.'
'The FA can clarify that contrary to Wenger's allegations, the assistant referee's report does not claim that Adebayor punched Frank Lampard.
'The report states that Adebayor's attitude was aggressive, that he shoved into Ricardo Carvalho and that he aimed a punch at Lampard. It does not state that Adebayor struck Lampard.'
Aimed a punch, did punch, it`s still implying the same thing and the FA still have more to answer for than anyone involved in the brawl!
Date:Thursday March 1 2007
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