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What they said

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 April, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 April, 2004, 12:00am
 

'RUUD VAN NISTELROOY DOES NOT HELP HIMSELF, FRANKLY. HE IS A GREAT PLAYER BUT HIS ATTITUDE IS ALWAYS PROVOKING AND DIVING. HE LOOKS A NICE BOY BUT, ON THE PITCH, HE DOESN'T ALWAYS SHOW FAIR BEHAVIOUR'


Arsene Wenger criticises the Manchester United striker after the fracas at Old Trafford


'I AM REALLY ANGRY WITH RUUD VAN NISTELROOY, NOT THE REFEREE. HE MADE MORE OF THE CHALLENGE THAN HE SHOULD HAVE AND HE CHEATED. HE ALSO TRIED TO STAMP ON ME'


Patrick Vieira weighs in


'I AM SURE THERE ARE ALSO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT HAPPY BECAUSE THEY FEEL WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUNISHED MORE, BUT I DON'T THINK IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. BUT EVEN IF THEY HANG US, SOME PEOPLE WILL WANT US HANGED TWICE AND AT HYDE PARK IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY'


Wenger gives a good impression of a persecution complex after four players are fined and banned for a total of nine games


'I THINK ARSENAL WILL BE DELIGHTED WITH


THE DECISION, THAT'S WITHOUT QUESTION. I READ THIS MORNING THEY DID A DEAL BEFORE THEY WENT IN THERE AND I THINK THAT WAS THE SUSPICION RIGHT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY'


Sir Alex Ferguson has his say


on the Arsenal punishment


'MAN UNITED AND ALEX FERGUSON ACCEPT SUCH ASSURANCES UNRESERVEDLY AND EXPRESS THEIR REGRETS TO THE FA FOR ANY COMMENTS MADE BY SIR ALEX WHICH MAY HAVE APPEARED TO HAVE CALLED INTO QUESTION THE INTEGRITY OF THE FA'S DISCIPLINARY PROCESS'


United apologise for


Ferguson's comments


'IF I WAS ASKED TO SELL THIERRY OR PATRICK,


I WOULD SAY NO,


SIMPLY NO, NOT EVEN FOR #50 MILLION'


Wenger rules out selling


Henry or Vieira


'IT'S AN UPHILL FIGHT. WE KNOW THAT AND I THINK EVERYBODY ELSE KNOWS THAT. BUT WE'RE CAPABLE OF WINNING MATCHES AND COULD GO ON A RUN OF VICTORIES, WHICH IS WHAT WE NEED'


Ferguson refuses to give in


as the gap widens in March


'I DIDN'T THINK WE WERE GOING TO GET A PENALTY KICK IN THIS GAME BECAUSE IT'S TWO YEARS SINCE GRAHAM POLL HAS BEEN AT ARSENAL. IT'S ALMOST AS IF, 'WE'LL GIVE YOU ANOTHER CHANCE, GRAHAM. YOU DIDN'T DO US A TURN THE LAST TIME, YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING THIS TIME'. I THINK THAT WAS ENORMOUS PRESSURE FOR A REFEREE'


Fergie suspects a


refereeing conspiracy


'HE MUST SEND A LETTER TO THE FA AND COMPLAIN'


Wenger responds


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