Wenger Defends Pardew - Against Fergie!

Last updated : 28 December 2012 By Footy Mad - Editor

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reopened his long-standing feud with Sir Alex Ferguson by claiming the Manchester United boss should have been punished for his angry confrontation with the match officials during his side's Boxing Day win against Newcastle.


Ferguson launched an angry on-pitch outburst at referee Mike Dean and his officials after they allowed a contentious Jonny Evans own goal to stand in a game United eventually won 4-3 with a last gasp Javier Hernandez winner, yet it is the behaviour of Ferguson that has been the chief talking point in the days since.

Arsene Wenger: "Why should the referees be scared of Ferguson?

"You have to ask them if this is true, but this is a little bit of an idea that has been spread around the country.

"You have the rules, you have to observe them or not.

"The referees have to act on that. They are professional people and they have to act on that.

"The message it sends out when we see images is not to behave like that. They [Mike Dean] have made a mistake, they are honest, but they have made a mistake.

"If he [Ferguson] did not behave as he should have done, he should be punished.

"He will be the first to admit that. The rules are the rules. It's not rules for one person and not another.

"The Premier League is watched all over the world and this sets a bad example.

"Should we behave like that? No. I have not always behaved in the right way and when you go overboard, you have to be punished."

The FA's Respect campaign, designed to improve the standing of match officials in the game, states that players and managers should "never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment" of match officials, but that guideline appears to have been overlooked in this incident.

It is MANCHESTER UNITED we are talking about ... of course ... and rules get bent.