Wenger pitches officials and UEFA complaint

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised the referee and UEFA after his side exited the Champions League despite defeating AC Milan 3-0.


The Emirates Stadium boss felt that Damir Skomina was too easily persuaded by falling Milan players to give free-kicks against the Gunners.


The French tactician also reserved criticism for the pitch at San Siro in the first leg and had strong words for European football’s governing body UEFA – saying they are misguided in their disciplinary rules when it comes to playing surfaces.


“I was not happy with the referee tonight because I felt he gave many free-kicks in the middle of the park,” he said in the post match press conference.


“Every time they went down a free-kick was given for them, and they sensed that very quickly and they used it very well.”


The Italian side were awarded 21 fouls though the course of the match by the Slovenian official, who it is safe to say, made some questionable decisions for both teams.


Gamesmanship was not Wenger’s only gripe with the Serie A side, claiming there should be sanctions from UEFA for teams who produce a poor playing surface.


The Arsenal manager also claimed pitches such as the one in San Siro were short-selling the supporters who attend the matches.


“It is maybe an easy excuse, but I feel UEFA has a lot to answer for because if you arrive at 7.46pm you get fined, but you can play on a bad pitch and they don't say a word,” he added.


“I just feel it is part of the respect for people who pay their money and go to a football game and expect conditions where you can play football.


“That's what we try to do here and it is unacceptable for UEFA to accept pitches like the one in Milan.”


The Gunners managed to win 3-0 last night, but it was not enough to reverse the 4-0 defeat they suffered in the first leg.


They now must concentrate on the Premier League and host fellow top four chasers Newcastle United on Monday night.

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