Wenger taken aback by Platini attack

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Arsene Wenger admits he is stunned by UEFA president Michel Platini's attack on him in an interview with a French newspaper.

Platini slammed Wenger for having a business mentality rather than a football one and for calling for the introduction of video replays to rule on questionable refereeing decisions during an interview with Grenoble daily Dauphine Libere

Wenger has been taken aback by Platini's criticisms and told L'Equipe: "I am stunned by the aggressive content of Platini's words."

He added: "I am effectively a supporter of video assistance for referees, like all coaches, and I believe UEFA have an important role to play in this.

"I am for sporting justice and UEFA must be the guarantor of it.

"I am a supporter of good management of clubs, for financial equilibrium. And UEFA must equally support this idea. I am fighting for the future of the game and of football.

"I don't see why UEFA should take umbrage at ideas that are different from theirs."

In Platini's interview with Dauphine Libere, Wenger's name was raised during a question about the introduction of video technology.

Platini replied: "I like to talk about football, him (Wenger) about business. We must stop with Wenger and all that."

Platini then said he hoped video assistance would never come into football, adding: "It would make me happy that Arsene Wenger never sees it."

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