Wenger rejects Platini criticism

Published Add your comment

Football News

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his stance over video technology and opinions on the game's finances after an attack by UEFA president Michel Platini.

The former France captain slammed Wenger in an interview with Grenoble daily Dauphine Libere, for having a business mentality rather than a football one - and he also tore into the Gunners boss for calling for the introduction of video replays to rule on questionable refereeing decisions.

However, speaking after Tuesday night's 6-0 Carling Cup thrashing of Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium, Wenger maintained: "I do not especially see any problem with what I said. Of course I am for video. Am I for the fact that a club's resources are well managed? Of course."

He added: "I have a commitment when you sign contracts you want to be able to pay players at the end of the month.

"For the rest, I never really understand this 'football business'.

"For me, football is on the pitch and business is with the accountants."

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

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

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

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2008, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

League Cup
Sheffield United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again