Arsene Wenger has called a linesman a “liar” after the official claimed he saw Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor throw a punch during the Carling Cup final.
The Arsenal manager claims Adebayor was the victim of mistaken identity.
Adebayor’s appeal against his dismissal was rejected by the FA and Wenger said: “We don’t agree with the statement of the linesman. I think it’s a lie.
“I feel Adebayor didn’t punch anybody so when the linesman says he punched somebody, he lies,” claimed Wenger.
“There are players that have punched that haven’t been charged,” he said after Tuesday’s 1-0 FA Cup replay defeat at Blackburn.
“I don’t agree at all with the match report, with what the linesman said. This is a lie – a complete lie.
“He comes out now and says Adebayor punched Lampard. I’d like Lampard to come out and say Adebayor punched him.
“Is it just a coincidence that you have 20 men who have a brawl and only the Arsenal players were guilty? It is unbelievable but maybe they have their own way to do justice.
“I personally don’t agree at all with the compliance committee and they have a very selective view. It is strange, just a coincidence to look at who has been charged. It is very difficult to accept.”
Adebayor’s appeal against a three-match ban for his red card was rejected on Tuesday and he was unable to play against Blackburn.
And the striker also faces a separate charge of reacting aggressively and failing to leave the pitch after being sent off.