Wenger's Sol Fury; FA Threat to Ban Campbell Has Arsene in a Rage

By Stammers, Steve | The Evening Standard (London, England), August 13, 2003 | Go to article overview

Wenger's Sol Fury; FA Threat to Ban Campbell Has Arsene in a Rage


Stammers, Steve, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: STEVE STAMMERS

ARSENE WENGER reacted angrily today to the threat of a threeg ame ban for Sol Campbell.

The Arsenal defender was reported for violent conduct in Sunday's FA Community Shield but manager Wenger has promised to fight "all the way" if any action is taken by the Football Association.

Referee Steve Bennett has cited Campbell after watching a video replay of his clash with Manchester United's Eric Djemba-Djemba.

Campbell clearly retaliated following a reckless high challenge from United's new Cameroon midfielder but Wenger said: "This is farcical that Sol has been cited.

"It seems to me that we are living in farci-land. We will fight any charge. I am really disappointed about this.

"What about the challenge by Djemba-Djemba? It was obscene. Why is no action being taken about that? Sol was not able to train yesterday because of that challenge and he told me that he was thankful Djemba-Djemba was wearing rubber studs.

"If they had been other studs then he could have faced a long time out with injury. It is right at the top of his hip. I am very upset and we will support Sol all the way."

There is a feeling at Arsenal that Campbell is paying the price for the fuss he made in attempting to escape suspension following his red card against United last April which saw him miss the last three league games and the FA Cup Final.

Privately, Arsenal believe that if Campbell has been cited, then United players Paul Scholes and Philip Neville should have suffered the same fate - Scholes for a kick on Lauren and Neville for the tackle that prompted the retaliation from Francis Jeffers that earned the Arsenal striker a red card. …

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