The Sporting Hand Shake: Why Doesn't Arsene Wenger Like It?

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IDecember 3, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02:  Man City manager Mark Hughes (l) and Arsene Wenger have words during the Carling Cup quarter final match between Manchester City and Arsenal at City of Manchester stadium on December 2, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Yet again, Le Professeur has failed to shake an opposing manager's hand after a defeat. Mark Hughes has lambasted the Arsenal manager for his show of sporting disrespect.

"Maybe he's used to winning games, and when he does lose sometimes he doesn't know how to behave," said Hughes.

"I have been to the Emirates Stadium and been beaten 6-2 but I still offered my hand at the end. It is the least you can do."

"I am a little bit disappointed in that respect. You should be a bit more gracious than that because it is unnecessary."

"We all hurt when we get beaten. No-one is more upset than me. But you should always offer your hand."

This isn't the first time Arsene Wenger has not offered an opposing manager his hand after a game. Last season in the F.A. Cup Wenger refused to offer his hand to Hull City's Phil Brown, claiming that Brown was too busy remonstrating with the referee at the end of the game so left the field. This inspite the television replays refuting his claim.

The Frenchman's response to Hughes' claim was ambiguous as ever.

"I think I have nothing to say. I am free to shake hands with whom I want after the game."

"I have no professional courtesy."

His last statement seems to indicate a certain amount of pompousness on his part. This unsporting act would seem to be at odds with the urbane and refined nature of a very fine footballing brain, but with his team performing less than sterlingly of late his usual demeanour has take a back seat to a more surly and conceited man.

Let's hope Arsenal get back to winning ways so we can start to see the best from their most talented Frenchman.