Marlon baffled by Sunday fuss
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marlon Harewood believes too much has been made of West Ham's win over Arsenal.
West Ham United striker Marlon Harewood believes too much has been made of Sunday's controversial win over Arsenal.
The former Nottingham Forest hit-man struck West Ham's dramatic winner against The Gunners at Upton Park - a goal that sparked celebrations both on and off the pitch.
Much was made of the confrontation between both managers, as Arsenal's Arsene Wenger did not take too kindly to Alan Pardew's goal celebration.
Both men needed to be separated as a result, with Wenger refusing to shake the former Reading manager's hand at the final whistle.
Both Pardew and Wenger have since been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association, but Harewood is baffled as to why there has been a perceived resentment to West Ham celebrating Sunday's victory.
"At the end of the day, we've just won a game," Harewood told Sky Sports News.
"We wanted to go in and celebrate and relax because we played one of the top teams in England and we've won against them.
"I think it's a bit harsh with the way the press and everyone has been carrying it on, so I don't know what to say, really.
"At the stage we are now, we win a game like that, so are we not allowed to celebrate or something like that?
"It was a good win for us, and we're entitled to celebrate it."
The 27-year-old believes the incident with Pardew and Wenger has been overblown.
"I didn't see what really happened," he said. "I've just seen what's on the news and in the papers.
"I didn't know what really happened until the lads started talking about it.
"I think it's been blown out of proportion, really. If it was the other way around, Wenger would have probably been doing exactly the same thing.
"It was just the heat of the moment in the game. It happens on the pitch, it happens off the pitch.
"That's just football, isn't it?"