First BBC, Now Sky Sports: Is Arsene Wenger Really EPL's Biggest Whiner?

Mary O'SheaSenior Writer IJanuary 27, 2010

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29:   Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger gestures as he walks off with Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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He whines about the weather.

He complains about the referees.

He hates the lack of extra time his team is given.

He believes the whole footballing world are against him.

He'll have you believe that his players never dive, never commit fouls. He will have you believe they play within every inch of the law.

His main gripe is with the media.

He is myopic as they come.

And he isn't Arsene Wenger.....

Arsene Wenger is guilty of all the above, but surely he must well and truly be topped by the King of the Hypocrites himself...Sir Alex Ferguson.

When Eduardo Da Silva dived to win Arsenal a penalty against Celtic in the Champions League earlier this season, Ferguson was up on his podium telling all that never would a player of his cheat on the pitch.

Oh, how he forgot so quickly about Ronaldo.

Of course Wayne Rooney is also making a habit of falling over his bootlaces recently.

It seems Alex Ferguson, too, "doesn't see things."

Well if he doesn't see them on the pitch, he sees them on the television.

And he doesn't like what he sees.

In 2004, Ferguson was aggrieved by a BBC programme entitled "Father and Son" which portrayed his son Jason as someone who exploited his father's name for his own ends in the transfer market.

Since then, Ferguson has refused to do interviews for the BBC, so you will never see him post-match on Match of The Day.

To a degree, you can agree with Ferguson's stance.

If the BBC have painted his son as something he is not and have refused to apologise, then he is just acting as most fathers would do.

However, today Ferguson took his arrogance, and dare I say hilariousness, to a whole new level by banning Sky Sports from his pre-match press conference.


Because he believes that they got Rio Ferdinand banned while also stoking the flames between rivals Manchester City.

Ferguson started on a Sky reporter stating. "You try to promote yourself...just leave the football to us, OK?" he said. "You come out with some nonsense. I don't pay any attention to a lot of that. The players' behaviour has always been perfect. They play within the rules of the game. We've never had any issues with big games."

Ferguson's anger came from Sky Sports handing over footage of Rio Ferdinand's strike at Hull's Craig Fagan on Saturday.

The media company were ordered to hand over the clips by The FA and Ferdinand has now been banned for three games.

Ferguson also believes that Sky Sports are partly responsible for the added hype surrounding tonight's game against Manchester City as they repeatedly showed pictures of Gary Neville giving the finger to Carlos Tevez.

Regarding Ferguson's first gripe, there is a million and one places the FA could have got the footage. The world is like Big Brother now.

Besides, what was Ferguson trying to prove?

It was evident that Ferdinand was in the wrong. He got himself banned, not Sky Sports.

Then to suggest that a Manchester Derby is only stoked by the fires at Sky Sports is rather funny.

In case he hadn't notice it was always a big game, it just got bigger now that City are richer than United. It's why they have Carlos Tevez.

So it leaves you to wonder just who else Ferguson is going to ban?

Manchester United fans will have you believe that Arsene Wenger is the biggest moaner going. Sorry to disappoint you guys, but your manager wins that hands down.

Wenger may moan at the media, but at least he talks to them.

Ferguson is meant to be the "master of media mind-games;" he won't win too many more if he stops talking to the media altogether.


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