Stoke City: Ryan Shawcross hits back at Arsene Wenger's 'rugby' jibes
RYAN Shawcross has told Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to get his facts right before accusing him of fouling opposition players, writes Martin Spinks.
Wenger claimed both the Stoke skipper Shawcross and his Stoke team-mate Robert Huth had repeatedly fouled Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes during last month’s Premier League game at the Britannia Stadium.
He said the defenders were acting more like rugby players than footballers and also specifically accused Stoke skipper Shawcross of kicking Gomes.
“It is more rugby on the goalkeepers than football,” Wenger had claimed. “When you see the way Shawcross kicked Gomes, how Huth pushed Gomes in the goal, you cannot say that is football anymore.”
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Shawcross, who was also criticised by Wenger in February after the challenge which broke Aaron Ramsey’s leg, hit back by saying: “I don’t mind people having their opinions, but if it’s not a game involving his players then I don’t see the point of bringing up me and Huthy.
“I’ve watched the video again and at no point did I go anywhere near Gomes.
“I didn’t think I had, but I didn’t want to say I hadn’t touched him before looking at the whole video to make sure.”
Shawcross, whose tackling was first criticised by Wenger after Stoke beat Arsenal two years ago, said: “He’s obviously got something against me. It’s just weird. he brings my name into it.
“He always seems to have a problem with Stoke, our manager and certain players.
“Criticism doesn’t bother me, unless it’s a false accusation like this one.
“It’s just disappointing he came out and said something that wasn’t needed.
“He could have said there was a problem week-in, week-out in the Premier League, but he shouldn’t have named individuals.”
Stoke complained to the FA, the Premier League and Arsenal, the FA and the Premier League about Wenger.
Arsenal removed their comments from their official website, but the FA decided against taking action.