Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard of acting professionally to deceive the referee for a penalty, when the two sides met in a Premier League game earlier this month.
The Belgium international went down in the box when he was tackled by Hector Bellerin, resulting in a penalty decision by the match official, Hazard stepped up and scored from the spot to bring Chelsea level after Jack Wilshere’s opening goal after the hour mark.
Wenger was left bemused, criticized the decision and was banned subsequently. He sits out tonight’s game at Stamford Bridge, making it the second game he will miss giving touchline instructions to his men, in a three match game ban.
Ahead of the two London clubs’ meeting in the semi final of the Carabao Cup, Wenger took the opportunity to launch another attack om Hazard, this time saying he “acted in a very professional way to get the penalty” for Chelsea.
“I questioned the decision of the referee. Then, we are objective. You look at the picture. You see how Hazard goes down and you see how quickly he takes the penalty when he gets the penalty.
If he was so injured, why did he take the penalty? He made more of it, [like a] professional, basically, and shouts. I can understand that. I do not blame Hazard. He acted in a very professional way to get the penalty for his team, which he did well.”
Arsene Wenger, Metro