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Last Updated: Friday, 2 March 2007, 16:58 GMT
Defiant Wenger reveals fury at FA
Emmanuel Adebayor protests after his red card in the Carling Cup final
Adebayor protested after his red card in the cup final
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused the Football Association of having double standards.

Wenger is furious at the three-game ban given to Emmanuel Adebayor for his dismissal in the Carling Cup final.

Wenger said: "We commit the lowest fouls in the league but we are the most punished. We are entitled to get the same treatment as everybody else.

"We are guided to win, we love to be fair, but to be treated like we have in this case is not acceptable."

Adebayor was banned for three games as the FA deemed him guilty of aiming a punch to Chelsea's Frank Lampard in Cardiff and Wenger has vowed to carry on their fight.

He said: "The officials made a mistake. Adebayor did not punch Lampard and didn't intend to, we can prove it. It isn't the truth, I don't accept it.

"It is regrettable that it punished the club. The club deserves more respect than that, it is undeserved."

I cannot accept that our club is treated like this. It was a lie and is not responsible

Arsene Wenger

A furious Wenger believes the club have been harshly treated once again.

He added: "We want to focus on our desire to play football. I have got many calls from people abroad who can't believe what happened."

Adebayor, Kolo Toure and Chelsea's Mikel Jon Obi were all sent off after the fracas at the end of the Gunners' 2-1 defeat by their London rivals in Cardiff on Sunday.

Arsenal's Emmanuel Eboue was retrospectively banned for three games by the FA after video evidence showed him throwing a punch at Chelsea's Wayne Bridge.

Wenger claimed the "whole system is not honest" after Adebayor, who appears to do nothing wrong during the incident, lost his appeal against his sending off.

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He continued: "I cannot accept that our club is treated like this.

"I will defend it to the FA. It was a lie and is not responsible."

The FA has already asked Wenger to explain his comment after he accused a linesman of lying after the Carling Cup final.

Lampard has since denied being punched during Sunday's fracas in Cardiff.

An FA spokesman said: "Questioning the integrity of a match official and accusing them of lying is a very serious claim to make as it questions the whole integrity of the game.

"We also reject any accusations of bias or dishonesty within our disciplinary system. We will be asking Arsene Wenger to explain these comments."

Adebayor's appeal against a three-match ban for his red card was rejected on Tuesday and he was unable to play against Blackburn in the FA Cup on Wednesday.

And the striker also faces a separate charge of reacting aggressively and failing to leave the pitch after being sent off.

A hearing has been set for Tuesday 6 March.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have already been charged with misconduct by the FA.

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