Arsene Wenger compares UEFA to a dictatorship

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger compared UEFA to a dictatorship on

Thursday after being charged over his angry reaction to the team’s

Champions League loss at Barcelona.

Wenger and midfielder Samir Nasri were charged by UEFA after

arguing with Swiss referee Massimo Busacca after the final whistle

on Tuesday.

Wenger was angry that forward Robin van Persie was shown a

second yellow card for shooting at goal immediately after being

ruled offside. Arsenal lost 3-1 and was eliminated 4-3 on


”We are out of the Champions League, we have lost one of our

big ambitions, we have been punished with a lot of damages and on

top of that, we have to say sorry to UEFA,” Wenger said. ”We have

done nothing wrong. They organized the competition, they named the

referees who come to the games. When you have a football game of

that stature, you cannot come out with decisions like that and show

a lot of arrogance on top of that.

”We can all understand that we can make wrong decisions, but

after that it becomes dictatorship. It’s not any more common


On Wednesday, UEFA charged Wenger and Nasri with improper

conduct. UEFA’s disciplinary panel will hear the cases on March


”A bit more humility would do UEFA some good,” Wenger said.

”To apologize for what happened would be much better than charge

people who have done nothing wrong.”