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Arsene Wenger Demands UEFA Apology As He Denies Charge

Emirates boss says Uefa need to show humility and punish innocent people.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied the Uefa charge of improper conduct and demanded an apology from Uefa.

The Gunners were eliminated by Barcelona after a controversial red card given to striker Robin van Persie with the tie delicately poised at 1-1.

The Dutchman was shown a second yellow card for shooting at goal one second after he was blown for offside.

Referee Massimo Busacca felt he was time-wasting but van Persie said he did not hear the whistle because of the noise from the crowd.

Arsenal eventually lost 3-1 on the night, 4-3 on aggregate, and Wenger was left fuming with the match official.

The Gunners boss, along with Samir Nasri, confronted Busacca in the tunnel where they were alleged to have used ‘inappropriate language’ to the referee, leading to their Uefa charge.

“I deny completely any charge. I do not understand where that comes from,” Wenger said in his press conference.

“It is a shame for me that the referee took the decision to send Robin van Persie off. It was the wrong decision.

“The first leg was a fantastic advert for football and the second game has been destroyed. People now will only remember the sending off.

“It would be good for Uefa to show some humility, to apologise for what has happened, not charge people who have done nothing wrong.”

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