Kitson accuses Denilson
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dave Kitson claims Arsenal midfielder Denilson could have broken his leg.
Dave Kitson wants his yellow card against Arsenal wiped out after claiming Denilson could have broken his leg.
The Reading striker was booked during his side's 2-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium on Saturday after sliding into a challenge with Denilson.
But the Brazilian youngster went into the tackle with his studs showing and Kitson felt he was unfortunate to be booked, and also lucky to escape serious injury.
"I've just seen the incident again on TV and I invite the ref to rescind the card," said Kitson.
"I slid in to get the ball with my long legs and won it fair and square, but I didn't realise at the time that Denilson jumped in on me with two feet.
"I've got the scar to prove it and if my foot had been planted on the floor then he would have broken my leg, and I'd have been booked for it.
"I didn't realise what he'd done at the time, otherwise I would have said something.
"But the only reason the ref gave a free-kick was because we broke on Arsenal and it was painfully clear that any time we made a little bit of ground, he was going to pull us up and give a decision to them."
Kitson also felt that referee Chris Foy had been influenced by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's pre-match comments concerning officials.
He added: "I thought what Wenger had said during the week about Arsenal being unfairly treated had a direct effect on this game from an official's point of view.
"He played a master-stroke in saying what he did and we had the repercussions of it because the officials didn't give us a thing.
"I'm not saying the result would have been different because they are such a fantastic team. But it didn't help. If you come to the Emirates and the referee is not on your side, then you have no chance."