No class

Arsene Wenger has been at it again with his moaning and generally ungracious behaviour; this time by refusing to shake hands with Manchester City manager Mark Hughes and then slagging off the Carling Cup, calling it a ‘competition for our young players’. Honestly, the Gaul of the man, eh? EH?

City boss Hughes said he was shocked at Wenger’s lack of sportsmanship when he refused to shake his hand after Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat at the City of Manchester Stadium, but he was seemingly unrepentant. However, he did give City credit for their win, saying ‘they carried more threat than us in the final third and their quality offensively paid off.’

‘There is a certain protocol and I am disappointed because I have huge respect for Arsene and I think he should be a little more gracious,’ said Hughes. ‘It is unnecessary. At one point he questioned why I was over on his side of the technical area and he was aggrieved at that, or maybe he was aggrieved at losing. I have been beaten 6-2 at the Emirates and I offered my hand. You always hurt when you lose. There is nobody more upset than me when we lose but I always offer my hand.’

City will now meet local rivals Manchester United in the semi-finals, the first they have reached in 28 years, and if they get through will play either Aston Villa or Blackburn, who beat Chelsea 4-3 on penalties after a dramatic 3-3 draw at Ewood Park, in the final. ‘It is a fantastic draw,’ said Hughes. ‘Everyone in Manchester will be excited by it and the wider world, too. We showed that we are a match for anyone.’

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