Wenger: Shake up Euro refs system

The Arsenal manager insists Hansson was wrong to allow Porto’s

second goal against the Gunners in the 2-1 Champions League defeat

in Portugal on Wednesday after giving an indirect free-kick in the

box following a back pass by Sol Campbell which goalkeeper Lucasz

Fabianski picked up. Wenger said: “It has to be clarified first of

all how they nominate referees for games. They (UEFA) have to be

much more open on how they rate their referees. Nobody knows really

how they name their referees. “Where is the ranking of the

referees? I believe too much has gone on in the last 30 years. What

has happened is not good for football.” When asked if Hansson, the

referee who missed Thierry Henry’s notorious handball in France’s

World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland, should be

refereeing at Champions League level Wenger said: “I don’t know.

Usually I trust the referee. But he missed a 100 per cent penalty

on Rosicky. That is a judgement in a second that I can accept. For

me, the back pass of Sol Campbell was accidental. “He has judged it

is voluntary. Ok we have a difference there. That I can accept.

Technically so many mistakes. His body position. Where he stands is

completely wrong at the moment he gives a free-kick. “He takes the

ball from Lucasz Fabianski. They score. What he does doesn’t make

common-sense and is against the rules of the referees. So when a

guy makes so many technical mistakes that is not even linked to

judgement, I believe he is not competent. “I trust the referees to

do their job and to do it well. I never ask who the referee is

before a game but in this case I cannot say that he made everything

right because he was wrong. “It’s not my job to judge is he good

enough or not, I just feel in that game he has shown he is not

competent.” Wenger backed under-fire goalkeeper Fabianski but

refused to say whether he would play against Sunderland on

Saturday. First choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia was due to have a

fitness test on his injured finger on Friday. Meanwhile, William

Gallas will be out for another fortnight with a calf injury and

Campbell is set to to deputise again on Saturday. Alex Song is due

to come in after Abou Diaby was ruled out with a knee injury. On

Fabianski, Wenger said: “We have to show support to him and

solidarity. It is a good opportunity for us to show that we are a

special club and that we have a special togetherness and that we

win and lose as a team. “We live with opinions of people and

everybody is entitled to theirs. But I believe in the keepers I

have.”