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Wenger queries penalty calls

11 Sep 2009 - 10:56:09

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims Wayne Rooney has received preferential treatment to Eduardo in the diving controversy which has emerged in recent weeks.

Wenger has hit out at the media "witch-hunt" which he believes led to the two-match ban handed down to Eduardo after UEFA ruled he had dived to win a penalty in last month's Champions League play-off victory over Celtic.

Meanwhile, the Gunners boss can't understand why Manchester United striker Rooney has not been condemned after he appeared to win a cheap penalty in England's friendly victory over Slovenia last weekend.

"England are in the World Cup next year and if Rooney goes down in the last minute of the game, and England win the World Cup, do you really think he will be slaughtered for it?" questioned the Frenchman.

"It's a very emotional situation. Being a hero or being a cheat depends very much on which side of the camp you are on.

"I believe it was a penalty, but when you see the incident on the television Eduardo does make a bit more of it.

"But it's a very fine line between being shrewd and cheating the referee. You cannot prove intent from a guy who is touched.

"He goes down and shows the referee that it is a penalty."


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