LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday he will support centreback Sol Campbell all the way in his anticipated battle to avoid FA sanctions over an on-field clash with Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba.
Campbell is facing a three-match ban from the Football Association after being reported for violent conduct during last Sunday’s Community Shield defeat to United where he clashed with the Cameroonian.
However Wenger says Campbell is innocent – and called for sanctions instead on the Cameroon midfielder whose high tackle on Campbell he called “obscene”.
“It is farcical Sol has been cited. I am really disappointed about this and we will fight any charge.
“What about the challenge by Djemba-Djemba? It was obscene. Why is no action being taken about that?” raged Wenger.
“Sol was not able to train on Tuesday because of that challenge,” Wenger added to The Sun newspaper, whose back page picture appeared to show the Cameroonian’s right boot connecting with the top of Campbell’s thigh.
Wenger added: “He (Campbell) told me he was thankful Djemba-Djemba was wearing rubber studs.
“If they had been other studs he could have faced a long time out with injury. It is right at the top of his hip. I am very upset and we will be supporting Sol all the way.”
Sunday’s fixture was Campbell’s first competitive game back for Arsenal after a ban at the tail end of last season.
The former Spurs defender was banned for three matches for elbowing United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in April of last season, an incident which got him a red card. – AFP