Champions League: Wenger accuses Liverpool player of ‘cheating’ for Sanchez’s red card
Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has accused Liverpool’s Fabinho of cheating to get Alexis Sanchez sent off in a Champions League last 16 clash on Tuesday.
The Reds lost 1-0 to Inter Milan, but still qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 aggregate.
Lautaro Martinez scored the only goal of the game on the hour mark, before Sanchez was shown a second yellow card two minutes later.
The Chilean got the ball, but caught Fabinho with the follow through, causing the referee to give him his marching orders, after his challenge on Thiago Alcantara earned him his first booking.
“He rode the line between cheating and being clever,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“Fabinho on this foul he was on the other side, he was cheating, he made more of it.
“Maybe he had pain and he was touched by Sanchez. You cannot say it was completely fake. But maybe he could have got up quicker.
“It’s one of these fouls…when it’s one of your players, you say it’s clever.
“When you are completely neutral, like we are supposed to be, you would say he could have made less of it, but he touched him well, you cannot say he faked it.
“But he didn’t want to hurt him, he played first the ball.”