Wenger not impressed with Spanish referee

Last updated : 17 October 2006 By Chris Parry
He said after the game:

"The referee has not seen anything. I felt it was a goal.

"We have to accept sometimes the referee give goals because they do not see things. Tonight we have something new - that they cancel goals because they saw things which did not exist, so that is a new problem they have raised."

"I knew from the reaction of Thierry. I did not see better than the referee. Thierry said: 'I swear I did not touch the ball at all with my hand.' It was his stomach. Above that, why did he not get a red card if he handled the ball?

"It was a very bad decision, and we have to suffer from it."

"We do not depend on decisions, we depend on our own quality of play. Until they went 1-0 ahead, Moscow were sharper than us, winning more fights than us and finally got the advantage they deserved at that point of the game. We tried to attack after that, and they defended in an intelligent way.

"They got a bit of luck with the kind of goal which was cancelled, but overall they have shown great quality. We lost ball because we were running after the game, and then gave away chances."

"We battled hard to come back, but as well the quality of the pitch was a handicap. UEFA has to look into that because it is not acceptable that you play on pitches like that in the Champions League. They deserve a much better pitch, and that can make them better."

"We knew Moscow were a good team before the game. They are difficult to beat, but I still think we can do that and can show what we can do in the second game."