Arsene Wenger was unimpressed by the performance of the referee during Arsenal’s match with Besiktas…
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has openly criticised Serbian referee Milorad Mazic for his performance during Arsenal’s Champions League qualifier with Besiktas, which included showing a red card to Aaron Ramsey.
The Daily Mail carries the quotes from the Gunners’ manger, who believes that the official, who showed Ramsey a second yellow card for a foul on Oguzhan Ozyakup, got a lot wrong in the match.
Wenger was also narrowly missed by a bottle thrown from the stands at the final whistle, as Arsenal escaped from the inimidating Ataturk Stadium with a 0-0 draw.
Elsewhere on a mixed night for the North London club, Mikel Arteta came off with an ankle injury after former Chelsea striker Demba Ba fouled him and Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic was sent off in the final seconds.
After the match, Wenger spoke about the various incidents, saying: “Neither the first nor the second yellow card was deserved. When you see some of the fouls made tonight and we go home with Ramsey red carded, it’s a bit unbelievable.
“I think it was a very bad challenge on Arteta, but the referee was on the pitch and didn’t make anything of it. In the second half the performance of the referee was very bad. Arteta turned his ankle on the tackle.
“To send off Ramsey was wrong and it was a huge decision. I felt just a lot was wrong in the second half but, overall, it was a difficult game maybe to referee as well. Everybody did fight for every ball. Maybe it was not easy for the referee as well.
“The referee had a few conversations with Bilic in the second half and, in the end, sent him off. He can explain that much better. I don’t know really why he sent him off.” The Frenchman also confirmed that he has made a complaint to UEFA after a missile was launched at him after the final whistle.
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