By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger says the FA have made the correct decision to hand Lee Bowyer a three-match ban following his off-the-ball incident with Bacary Sagna.
The Birmingham midfielder was suspended on Tuesday after accepting a charge of violent conduct following an apparent stamp on Sagna during Arsenal’s 3-0 win at St Andrew’s on New Year’s Day.
Referee Peter Walton missed the incident but told the FA he would have dismissed the 34-year-old if he had seen it, prompting them to take action.
“I think [it is the right decision],” said the manager. “I think even Bowyer will accept that.
“He made a mistake, he has been punished and he will accept it.
“The FA had a look at it and decided to charge him. I don’t think I have any special comment to make on that. They judged him guilty and we all have to accept it.
After the game, Birmingham manager Alex McLeish bemoaned the fortune of ‘smaller clubs’ and suggested that punishments aren’t handed out equally throughout the league. But Wenger feels his comment is wide of the mark.
“I believe usually the media single out more the bigger clubs because they are more in the spotlight,” he added.
“That’s a comment made by him, I don’t think about that. I just think the FA has to pick out any incident and punish every single club.
“The FA has just to be objective and try to punish everybody no matter where he comes from.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Jan 2011