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
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.”