Rafa defuses Allardyce row

25 April 2009 02:28
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has moved to try and end the row surrounding his gestures during the 4-0 win over Blackburn Rovers. Benitez was accused of making dismissive hand gestures towards the Rovers bench when his side took a two-goal lead Benitez told The Daily Mail: "Xabi Alonso and Emiliano Insua were standing over a free-kick and I was shouting orders to them in Spanish. "I kept saying 'play it short' because I thought there could be a surprise element. "But Xabi just whipped it straight into the area and when Fernando Torres headed it in, he turned round and gave me a big grin. "I had to laugh and I just made a sign to say 'okay, don't listen to me'." Rovers boss Sam Allardyce had earlier fumed: "I think if everybody has a look back at his gestures you will see them as pretty dismissive to me and the Blackburn Rovers team as a whole. "I was hugely disappointed by those gestures. I think they were disrespectful and quite humiliating. "The feeling was that he had written us off. It was open arms and then a crossover of the arms as if to suggest that was it. "In terms of respect, you don't expect those sorts of things to happen in a game of football. I was very, very upset by it."

Source: ESA