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Feb 28, 2007

Wenger accuses officials of Carling Cup 'lies'

Arsene Wenger has accused the Carling Cup Final officials of lying over the sending-off of Emmanuel Adebayor in the defeat to Chelsea.

The Togolese striker was dismissed - along with team-mate Kolo Toure and Chelsea's John Obi Mikel - in injury-time at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday.

And the Arsenal manager believes that video evidence proves that the forward, banned for their FA Cup loss to Blackburn, was not guilty of violent conduct.

Referee Howard Webb dismissed Adebayor on the evidence of his assistant, but Wenger believes Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, supposedly the player struck, should be called to give evidence which he thinks would contradict their report.

'I personally don't agree with the compliance committee,' Wenger said. 'They have a very selective view. I don't agree with the report of the linesman because for me, he lies.

'I feel Adebayor didn't punch anybody. So when the linesman says he punches Lampard, he lies. I would like to ask Lampard.'

Wenger is also upset that charges have only been brought against Arsenal players though Chelsea's Mikel who, like Adebayor, lost his appeal against his red card, will serve a four-match ban.

He added: 'It is a coincidence that you have 20 men who had a brawl and only the Arsenal players were guilty.'

Wenger was asked what he read into the FA's decision not to charge Lampard and Wayne Bridge, two English players involved in the melee, while Emmanuel Eboue and Adebayor, for his failure to leave the pitch, could face further punishment.

'You conclude what you want,' he replied.

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