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Oct 25, 2010

Shakhtar boss Lucescu wants pressure on referee

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu says that he wants the Ukrainian fans to put pressure on the referee when his side meet Arsenal in the return leg of their Champions League group game.

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Lucescu was unhappy with the standard of officiating in the 5-1 defeat at the Emirates and took a swipe at Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen.

"It was easy to be in Arsenal's situation when they are gifted at least two goals," Lucescu told the club's official website. "Their opener [from Alex Song] was 100% offside with the Arsenal player more than a yard ahead. Also there should have been no penalty when [Cesc Fabregas] scored their third."

Lucescu also called into question the Scandinavian official's impartiality when refereeing games with English teams in them.

"I have enough experience in Europe to be surprised with such refereeing,'' he added. ''If games involving English teams are officiated by Scandinavians, the refs' sympathies are always going to be on their side. They share the same Anglo-Saxon culture. Many of their referees are even educated in England."

However, the Shakhtar coach is confident that the result will not be repeated when Arsenal travel to Ukraine.

"I am sure the return leg will be quite different,'' he said. ''I would like our supporters to learn - and put the same kind of pressure on the officials as the Gunners' fans did when that penalty against us was awarded."

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