Top Ref To Apologise To Wenger


Arsene Wenger will today receive a grovelling apology for his Old Trafford humiliation.

The Arsenal boss was forced to stand among Manchester United fans for the final 30 SECONDS after fourth official Lee Probert complained he had kicked a water bottle.

Probert moaned to ref Mike Dean and he sent Wenger off – to the delight of 75,000 United supporters.

But referees’ chief Keith Hackett admitted last night Dean and Probert had goofed outrageously – and promised furious League Managers’ Association chief Richard Bevan an apology was on its way.

Bevan said: “Although correct in ‘law’, it was completely out of context in the game and it was followed by the nonsense over where Wenger should sit.

“I’ve spoken to Keith Hackett and he fully recognises the situation was an error and an apology will follow to Wenger.

“Lee Probert totally failed to manage the situation.”

Wenger, angry after Robin van Persie’s late effort was ruled offside, said: “It was weird, spectacular. I didn’t even know where to go.”

The Sun

~ by footballdirecta on August 31, 2009.

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