Graham Poll backs Wenger sending off

Ex-Referee Graham Poll has weighed in with his opinion on the disgraceful treatment of Arsene Wenger last Saturday at Old Trafford. Poll has had run-in's with Arsenal in the past, and claims referee Mike Dean and his fourth official did the RIGHT thing by sending Wenger off, for kicking a bottle. Poll even went on to say Wenger should have known where to retreat after being sent off, when there was clearly nowhere to go. His odd views show more than a hint of bitterness towards the North London club, and it's manager:"According to League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan, referees boss Keith Hackett will issue Arsene Wenger an apology regarding his sending-off at Old Trafford by Mike Dean with seconds remaining. "If that is true, I find it alarming. "That Wenger was dismissed so late is irrelevant; the timing has no bearing in Law.""Neither does the fact that Wenger did not know where to go." "If there is a next time it might be worth Wenger remembering that Law requires the manager to leave the technical area and the vicinity of the field of play." "The offence for which Wenger was reported to Dean was the FA catchall of 'improper conduct'."If fourth official Lee Probert reported Wenger for merely kicking a water bottle following a correctly disallowed equaliser for offside then I'd agree he was wrong as this act was surely born of frustration and disappointment rather than dissent." "However, given what had occurred earlier in the game, I expect Probert had been forced to warn the Arsenal manager about his comments and conduct on several occasions and had reached a point of no return." "Hackett's apology will be seen as an excuse for fourth officials in future to 'cock a deaf 'un' to managers' complaints.Poll went on to sensationally claim Mike Dean even had a good game overall, coming up with the right decisions at the right time:"Overall, Dean was asked a lot of questions throughout the 90 minutes and, on the whole, came up with the right answers. "A game with nine cautions which is still enormously enjoyable usually means the referee has done well.To complete proceedings and show exactly what a halfwit Poll is, he claimed on close inspection Rooney DID go down before being touched - but said the penalty was the correct decision. So when Eduardo goes down before contact is made it's not a pen but a dive? Instead he's the subject of a Uefa Charge and a Champions League ban? How that makes sense I will never know.

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