Arsène Wenger has moved to clarify the comments he made this week concerning the officiating at the Carling Cup Final.

After Wednesday's defeat at Blackburn, the Arsenal manager suggested the assistant referee had "lied" over the dismissal of Emmanuel Adebayor in Cardiff last Sunday.

Wenger's command of the English language is superb however occasionally the nuances can escape him. At Friday's press conference the Frenchman suggested his terminology may have loose but the result was the same - an error had been made.

"Ok maybe I'm not subtle enough to master it completely," he said. "But when the truth does not come out you call it as you want - a mistake, a lie - I don't know. But it is not the truth.

"Would you like to see me with a dictionary after the game and think 'oh no, that's a little bit too strong, what's the synonym of that word because I could be punished by the FA?'.

"We are in a man's game. Frankly, a whole fuss has been made about that story if you look really at what happened."

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2 Mar 2007