Hypocritical? The last time Arsene Wenger was sent off for kicking a water bottle he received an apology

Jose Mourinho complained before Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal earlier this month that he doesn’t receive the same amount of respect as Arsene Wenger – and the 53-year-old might well have a point.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Arsene Wenger of Arsenal is sent to the stands during the FA Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on August 29 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The Portuguese boss was sent to the stands for the second time this season as his faltering United side dropped two points against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The former Chelsea boss was sent off by referee Jon Moss after angrily kicking a bottle following Moss’ decision to give Paul Pogba a yellow card for diving.

To make matters worse for Jose, it was fourth official Anthony Taylor – who sent Mourinho off during Chelsea’s game with West Ham last season – that informed the referee about the ‘incident’.

Mourinho’s not the first boss to be sent off for kicking a bottle at Old Trafford after Wenger was  sent to the stands against United in 2009 for a similar incident.

The 66-year-old was caught infamously with his hands stretched out above the Old Trafford dugout after complaining that there wasn’t a position for him to sit following the red card.

But – in news that Mourinho will surely take in a rational and mature manner – Wenger was actually issued an apology by referees chief Keith Hackett.

‘I’ve spoken to Keith Hackett and he fully recognises the situation was an error and an apology will follow to Arsene Wenger,’said League Managers’ Association chief Richard Bevan.

‘Lee Probert totally failed to manage the situation and created a needless pressure point taking the focus away from the pitch in a big event with only a minute to go.

‘Although correct in ‘law’, the decision was completely out of context in the game and it was followed by the nonsense which followed over where Arsene Wenger should sit.’

Over to you, Jose.


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