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Wenger expects FA action
26 Feb 2007 - 11:10:26
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepted that his side are likely to face the wrath of the FA after the mass brawl that marred the final minutes of the Carling Cup final against Chelsea.
The Blues ran out 2-1 winners at the Millennium Stadium, with Gunners duo Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor sent off late on by referee Howard Webb, along with Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.
Wenger said: "It suddenly exploded. It was strange as it didn't reflect the quality of the game.
"Suddenly we lost it and they lost it as well and it became a brawl. I'm not sure the referee picked the right ones out but he made a decision.
"I don't think you should ever lose your calm. You should always keep under control. Frankly, I felt a few punches were exchanged, not only from our side.
"Kolo gets pulled back and their guy kicks the ball away. Nobody knows what happens when you kick the ball away. Sometimes the referee gives you a yellow card, sometimes not.
"I do not feel it is too bad if we are responsible, because next time we do not play against Chelsea.
"I went on the field to ensure nothing major happened. I wanted to calm things down. I am not strong enough to do that. Maybe I overestimated my power a little bit.
"I am sure that the players will be punished. Will it be once or twice, who knows?
"With the FA you always have a good chance to worry. It is better to worry with them."