Wenger reveals player bribery
Arsene Wenger has revealed he has previously seen players paid off in a bid to throw matches.
The Arsenal boss was speaking in the wake of the Gunners’ Champions League defeat to Porto in midweek when Wenger, among others, pointed the finger at some dubious refereeing from Martin Hansson.
Lukasz Fabianski picked up what was deemed a back-pass from Sol Campbell.
When Hansson – the Swede who missed Thierry Henry’s infamous handball in France’s World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland – allowed the free-kick to be taken quickly Falcao swept the ball home for the winning goal.
Although Arsenal’s Champions League betting suggests they still have a good chance of progressing to the next round despite their 2-1 defeat in Portugal, Wenger was still furious at the official.
“I believe he is incompetent or dishonest, so I prefer to believe he is not competent,” Wenger said of Hansson.
“I have seen much worse than that in my life – my own players were bought by the opponent. And I didn’t become paranoid.
“I do not want to come out on the past.
“In my job, you always have reasons to become paranoid, so I do not want to go the way to think that people are not honest.”
Wenger refused to reveal which club he was managing when the bribery incident took place.
The Frenchman spent three years at Nancy before taking charge of fellow Ligue 1 outfit Monaco for seven years.
He then moved to Japan to manage Grampus Eight before taking over at the helm at Arsenal in 1996.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Premier League betting odds suggest they are still in with a chance of winning the title this season.
However, they remain six points behind Chelsea and have an inferior goal difference after both teams won at the weekend.
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