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Wenger blasts City Duo of Hughes, Adebayor

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 14:35

London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has blasted Manchester City pair Mark Hughes and Emmanuel Adebayor after the striker`s alleged stamp on Robin van Persie.

The Football Association has charged the Togolese star with violent conduct over the incident, on top of the improper conduct charge laid after he sprinted the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the furious Gunners faithful. The ex-Arsenal man could reportedly be suspended for up to six weeks.

Citizens boss Hughes has publicly defended Adebayor over his challenge on Van Persie, claiming that the contact with the Dutch striker was not malicious or deliberate.

Wenger, however, was incredulous over the former Manchester United striker’s statements, saying there was no question that Adebayor’s actions were deliberate.
He said: "You ask 100 people, 99 will say it`s very bad and the hundredth will be Mark Hughes. Was I shocked? Yes, I think it was a very bad challenge, surprisingly bad. I didn`t expect him to do that."

When asked if Adebayor deliberately left his foot in, Wenger replied: "Why do you think the FA charged him?”

"I do not rule anything good or bad out for human beings. He deserved to be charged. I was surprised there was so much animosity in his attitude.”

"In a few years he will realise Arsenal has been good for him.”

"I played football and I know exactly, in a fraction of a second, when you master your body, when you leave in or you move out”.

"You know exactly at that fraction, I can injure somebody or I can not injure somebody and you ease off or you leave in.”

"In England, you have many cases where the players leave in, less now than 10 years ago.”

"I have seen some challenges from 10 years ago where if you do that in the street, you would go to jail."

First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 14:35
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