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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006, 15:16 GMT
Wenger 'provoked' in Pardew row
Alan Pardew and Arsene Wenger
Pardew (left) and Wenger are facing an FA misconduct charge
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed he was "provoked in a disrespectful way" in his touchline row with West Ham counterpart Alan Pardew at Upton Park.

The pair have been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after the flare-up.

The clash followed Marlon Harewood's late winner for West Ham.

Wenger said after the 3-0 win against Liverpool: "I responded and I regret I responded. I shouldn't have done it but I also accept Alan Pardew's apology."

It was the first time Wenger had spoken publicly since the clash on 5 November.

Wenger and Pardew had to be kept apart by the fourth official after Harewood's goal.

The Frenchman added: "THe fact that I didn't speak was nothing to do with the incident. It was down to completely different reasons.

"What I decided was for the right reasons, and for purely sports reasons.

"Alan Pardew apologised because I felt provoked in a disrespectful way in my area. I accept his apologies and life goes on.

"It was a small incident when two managers had a disagreement on a heated incident. I will not demand a hearing because for me the incident is over.

Sometimes I go a little bit further than I should

Arsene Wenger

"I will not especially want to travel to the FA for that. I have been on the bench for 22 years. I know when I am right and when I am wrong and that's it.

"I said I regret having reacted so all the rest now can only be boring and a waste of time.

"I don't need a special meeting (with Pardew). I accept his excuses. I am not an image man or a media man who needs the cameras to say what I think.

"I don't work here for my image, I work here for my club and to win football games. Sometimes I go a little bit further than I should.

"I don't need to worry about what people think. I know I behave like I feel I need to behave and I feel I'm adult enough to know that when I don't do right I have to accept it.

"All the rest is like in the movies, not real life."

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