Fletcher pleads his innocence

12 January 2010 10:59
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has pleaded his innocence after claiming he is not a dirty player. Fletcher was sent off towards the end of United's 1-1 Premier League draw with Birmingham City on Saturday evening and will serve a one-match ban. The Scotland international saw red for a second bookable offence when referee Mark Clattenburg showed him a second yellow card for tripping Blues' goalscorer Cameron Jerome. Earlier in the season, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger launched a thinly-veiled attack on Fletcher's style of play following his side's 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford. Wenger mentioned no names but his comments continue to irk Fletcher. "Saturday was disappointing because I was constantly being fouled, and when I said something, the ref said to me it is a man's game," he told the Manchester Evening News. "So I went in hard and he books me! Then he booked me again for nothing really. "I'm not a dirty player by any stretch of the imagination. I go in for the ball and sometimes I might mis-time it and make a foul. I don't know whether all this goes back to the Wenger comments. "He said what he said and all I can hope for is that referees are going to be fair and they usually are to be honest."

Source: ESA