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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006, 13:18 GMT 14:18 UK
Arsenal may sue over Diaby tackle
Abou Diaby
Diaby faces a lengthy lay-off following Smith's challenge
Arsenal are considering taking legal action against Sunderland's Dan Smith following his challenge on Gunners midfielder Abou Diaby.

The 19-year-old Frenchman was left with a fractured and dislocated ankle in the wake of the challenge, which rules him out of the Champions League final.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and several of Diaby's team-mates were left fuming following the incident on Monday.

And Wenger said on Wednesday legal proceedings were now being considered.

Shortly after the incident, the Gunners boss said: "It is frustrating and unacceptable because the player had no intention of going for the ball in my opinion."

And now Wenger has suggested that Smith should be banned for the same length of time Diaby is on the sidelines injured.

"I felt, having watched the game, that there were bad intentions there and I will take legal advice to take this game further.

"The player should be banned as long as Abou Diaby does not play. When you see that he gets a yellow card it is just horrendous."

Sunderland 0-3 Arsenal
01 May 06 |  Premiership


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