Wenger: Adebayor is innocent
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger has hit out at the FA following Emmanuel Adebayor's disciplinary charge.
Arsene Wenger has hit out at the FA for charging Emmanuel Adebayor for his conduct at the Carling Cup final, insisting his player did not punch Frank Lampard.
Speaking after his team's shock FA Cup exit to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, Wenger could not hide his displeasure at the charges meted out from the weekend's debacle at the Millennium Stadium.
Chelsea and Arsenal's rivalry descended into chaos in Cardiff, in a brawl that saw the Gunners' Togolese striker red-carded.
Adebayor has since denied a charge of acting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play following the decision, and Wenger has backed his star, claiming in no uncertain terms that the match report is untrue.
"I feel we were really unlucky to lose Adebayor. Especially under the circumstances we lost him," Wenger told Sky Sports News.
"I don't agree at all with the match report, with what the linesman said. It's a complete lie what is said in the match report and we cannot accept that.
"The linesman said that Adebayor punched Lampard. I would like to ask Lampard if he was punched by Adebayor.
"I feel the whole decision from the FA is wrong. There's a lot of things in there that are not true.
"I don't want to prove anything. I'm just giving my opinion. There are players that have punched that haven't been charged."
Adebayor has meanwhile requested a personal hearing over his case, which is set to take place on Tuesday. Emmanuel Eboue has also denied a charge of violent conduct against Wayne Bridge and his case will be heard on Thursday.