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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 April, 2003, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Ferguson hits out at Arsenal
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sol Campbell confront each other
Solskjaer was accused of cheating

Sir Alex Ferguson has told Arsenal to get their house in order before firing accusations at Manchester United.

The United boss is fuming at suggestions from Highbury that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer exaggerated the elbowing incident which saw Sol Campbell sent off in Wednesday's controversial 2-2 draw.

Campbell pleaded his innocence and Arsenal lodged an appeal, although referee Mark Halsey has stuck by his decision.

The row has raised the heat between Ferguson and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger as the title race heads towards a climax.

"The thing that angers me most is that all of a sudden, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a villain," said Ferguson.

"The Arsenal players are attacking him verbally and Thierry Henry apparently had a punch at him. I can't believe that reaction.

There is all this defence of Sol Campbell and I find it amazing
Sir Alex Ferguson

"They should be looking at their own players before turning on ours because the very least you can say is that Sol was silly.

"It was quite clear on television that he has looked round to see where Ole is and has hit him with his elbow.

"Ole is one of the best professionals in the game. He is respected by everyone yet I haven't heard one word from Highbury saying 'how is your player?'.

"He could have had a broken nose, he could have had a black eye, he could have had a broken jaw, yet there is all this defence of Sol Campbell. I find it amazing."

Wenger even went as far as asking Solskjaer to come clean about Campbell's challenge.

He said: "I'm disappointed by Solskjaer's attitude because nobody has heard from him.

"If he really thinks Sol hit him in the face on purpose, I want him to come out and say that Sol should be suspended. Then I will accept it.

"If he thinks it was an accident but doesn't come out and say so, that is really disappointing as well."

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson
"No-one from Highbury asked how Ole was"

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
"It's a fight for justice for Sol"



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