Champions League - Wenger: Ref made 'massive' mistake

Eurosport - Thu, 18 Feb 09:19:00 2010

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger accused referee Martin Hansson of making a "massive mistake" in allowing Porto's second goal in the 2-1 Champions League defeat at Estadio do Dragao.

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Wenger was furious that Hansson - the referee who failed to spot Thierry Henry's handball for France in their World Cup play-off with the Republic of Ireland - awarded Porto an indirect free-kick after Lukasz Fabianski picked up Sol Campbell's back-pass.

The Frenchman was also irked that the Swedish official then appeared to get in Campbell's way as Porto were allowed to take a quick free-kick.

"I believe (the back-pass) was accidental, Sol touched it accidentally," Wenger told ITV1. "And the referee should give us time to build the wall.

"Yes, (a quick free-kick should be allowed) in the middle of the field, but not in the box. We had no chance to defend.

"I think it was a massive mistake, it was a double mistake. There was a penalty for us as well when (Tomas) Rosicky went down just before."

Captain Cesc Fabregas, however, pointed the finger at his team-mates for both goals, calling the errors "schoolboy" and admitting that he would have taken a quick free-kick under the same circumstances.

"Maybe as a player I would have done the same to try to score," he said.

"When you concede these goals you cannot go anywhere, schoolboy goals, what can you do?

"Maybe we are still a little soft in that aspect, as a team when we concede we are not strong enough to lift ourselves, we were not strong enough to stand up and play well."


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