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Hill-Wood plays down spat

07 Nov 2006 - 11:23:03

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has played down the weekend bust-up between Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and West Ham manager Alan Pardew.

The pair clashed at Upton Park after Marlon Harewood's late winner for the Hammers, with Wenger then refusing to shake Pardew's hand at the final whistle.

However, after a resulting media frenzy, Hill-Wood told the Daily Star: "I think it was a very minor incident.

"It was a brief little piece of passion and I really do not think it was a serious thing at all.

"It was a little flurry and, quite honestly, it is a game played with great passion and people are passionate about it. So I am very relaxed.

"I have not said anything to Arsene about it and I do not intend to say anything to him about it.

"I think this incident should be passed over as it really was not serious."


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