The fallout from Arsene Wenger’s refusal to shake Mark Hughes’ hand after Arsenal were hammered 3-nil at Manchester City in the Carling Cup continues to linger as we head into the weekend.
The midweek fracas came about after Hughes had entered the Arsenal technical area in the first half of the match in an effort to speed up the resumption of play. Wenger immediately took objection to Sparky’s intrusion, and in a petty squabble between the managers on the sideline Hughes was alleged to have sworn at Wenger. Furious, the Professor swerved common courtesy at the full-time whistle by refusing to shake his fellow manager, instead opting to head straight down the tunnel back to the dressing room.
Footage of the incident can be seen here.
The feuding managers have previous, and many will no-doubt recall the falling out between Wenger and Hughes back in 2005.
Back then the former Manchester United centre-forward was in charge of Blackburn Rovers, and matters began boiling up on the touchline when Sparky intervene after believing the Frenchman was guilty of time-wasting. Once again Hughes was only happy to trespass into the Arsenal technical area, and clear parallels between the event of four years ago appeared to reappear in last week’s cup match.
Footage of Wenger and Hughes’ 2005 clash can be seen here.
At his weekly Friday press conference ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, Wenger was unsurprisingly quizzed on his behaviour from earlier in the week.
Wenger: “Saturday, by coincidence, I am managing my 500th game at Arsenal and I believe I have shaken hands 497 times. I believe that it is a ceremonial courtesy. But the most important is not the ceremonial but the courtesy of behaviour. I don’t deny that I am a bad loser but on this occasion I would have done exactly the same if we had won or lost the game.”
Arsene Wenger’s interview can be seen here.