you could ban me for 10 games if I did! Robben slams claims he spat on Sagna during Bayern win
Arjen Robben has defended himself against allegations that he spat at Bacary Sagna during Bayern Munich’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday night.
The Dutch attacker, who appeared to have been caught on camera spitting on the Arsenal right back while the latter lay on the floor, claimed it was simply sweat dripping of his face – a theory which had already been doing the rounds on social media since the incident.
‘I don’t have much hair, and the sweat just dripped off,’ said Robben.
Concern: Arjen Robben taps Bacary Sagna on the back
Falling down: The unidentified liquid leaves Robben and heads in Sagna’s general direction
Missile: Moisture falls from Robben onto Sagna but shots reveal it was sweat and not saliva
Speaking just before he boarded the plane back to Munich, the Bayern star also insisted that to spit was not in his character.
‘I must make this clear: I did not spit. I would never do that in my life,’ he said.
‘If I ever did that, you could drag me off the pitch and ban me for 10 games. If I ever spat at an opponent, I’d never be able to show my face to my family ever again.’
Robben, who is not averse to theatrics, was also accused of play-acting by Arsene Wenger during the Arsenal game, but spitting would arguably be out of character for the usually cool-headed player.
In Germany, the incident has raised the memory of another spitting Dutch player. At the World Cup in 1990, Dutch international Frank Rijkaard was seen to launch a healthy globule of saliva into the perm of German striker Rudi Völler. The incident is still held up as the most vicious point of the famous German-Dutch rivalry.
Today in Bavaria, though, they can only hope that this particular Dutchman is innocent.
Eyes on the ball: Robben collects a high ball in the Gunners box as Szczesny stands his ground
Fou’? It looked like Szczesny clatters into Robben’s standing leg taking him down
Crunch time: The duo collide, with referee Nicola Rizzoli awarding a penalty and sending the Pole off
Airborne: Robben sails through the London skies after his collision with a stunned Szczesny
There may be trouble ahead: Robben cries out upon hitting the plush Emirates turf
Early bath: The Italian official moved swiftly to send Szczesny off
Gesture: Szczesny makes his feeling known while trudging down the touchline
Arsene Wenger, meanwhile accused Robben of diving to get Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off.
The Arsenal manager was seen making a diving gesture following the incident and did not mince his words after the clash, also claiming that other Bayern players had deceived referee Nicola Rizzoli.
He said: ‘The keeper touched him, but I told Robben he made more of it and it changed the game.
‘It doesn’t just change the game, it kills the game. It was a top quality game and in the second half it was one-way traffic.
‘Robben has enough experience to make more of it. They made the most of every contact and we are not used to it. We are not used to it in England. We are not used to that in the Premier League.
‘But we have to get used to it and accept it.
‘I am not a good referee, the regret I have is that it is a decision that he made.
‘Wojciech misjudged the situation and there was no clear opportunity. You sit there and you cannot bring anyone on. I feel frustrated a bit as it was a great football game until half time. After there was no game.
Getting shirty: Robben celebrates victory in front oif Bayern’s travelling fans
Livid: Wenger fumes immediately after Szczesny’s sending off
Source : Daily Mail