'Like a dictator'

You can always rely on Arsene Wenger for a bit of perspective: the Arsenal boss is still fuming about Robin van Persie’s sending off at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, and is even more angry at Uefa for bringing improper conduct charges against him and Sami Nasri. But that’s not the worst of it.

The charges were brought after he and Nasri clashed with referee Massimo Busacca after the game, who reported them to Uefa for ‘inappropriate language’, and Wenger has now compared the governing body to a ‘dictatorship’. You’d think what with all the senseless slaughter going on in Libya by General Gaddafi and his goons he’d be self-aware enough to make a different comparison, but no: being punished for swearing at the ref is the same as being gunned down by your own government.

‘Arsenal Football Club has been punished,’ Wenger raged. ‘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 common sense any more. A bit more humility would do Uefa some good. To apologise for what happened would be much better than to charge people who have done nothing wrong. Uefa has to have a little bit [of a] low profile after what happened. That would be better, more sensible and more adapted to the situation.

‘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. We have done nothing wrong. They organised the competition, they named the referees who come to the games. It's not to me (they should apologise). They do not punish me. It's Arsenal Football Club that has been punished.’

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