Over-the-top celebrations can be offensive in football: Arsene Wenger

Updated: Dec 13, 2017, 09:26 IST | PA Sport | London

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes over-celebrating victories can be "a little bit offensive" and offered the example of sumo wrestling as the right way to do it

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes over-celebrating victories can be "a little bit offensive" and offered the example of sumo wrestling as the right way to do it. Wenger, 68, was responding to reports of a post-match fracas following Sunday's Manchester derby after City won 2-1 at Old Trafford to move 11 points clear at the top of EPL. United manager Jose Mourinho and City goalkeeper Ederson are reported to have had a confrontation after the game, while it is claimed Mourinho had milk and water thrown at him from the away dressing room.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The Football Association has asked both clubs for their observations of the incident and Wenger, whose Arsenal side were involved in a similar incident at Old Trafford in October 2004 when their 49-match unbeaten run was ended, feels that a muted celebration can often show respect for the opposition. "I don't know what happened," he said. "It is difficult to take when you lose a big game, to see the celebration on the other side. It's an experience that's a little bit offensive. "It's part of the intensity and importance of the games, sometimes it can go a bit overboard. It happened to us, it happened to them and it's unfortunate, but you would commit 100 per cent and 200 per cent on the pitch and be an angel after, but it is not always the case."

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