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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has broken silence about Tuesday’s clash against PSG where both red cards given to Olivier Giroud and Marco Verratii were very harsh as neither of them did enough to warrant a sending off.
The duo clashed on the pitch in injury time, with the referee given them a second yellow card to give them the marching order.
Wenger told Arsenal’s official website “The ball was on the other side, I did not see what happened. I think the first yellow card [for Giroud] was very harsh already, it wasn’t a foul. The second, he tells me he has done nothing at all and Olivier is honest so I believe him. And Verratti told me as well that he has done nothing, so I said look, ‘go together to see the referee and tell him you did nothing’,”.
This is Giroud’s second red card in consecutive Champions League opening day fixtures, as he was sent off against Dinamo Zagreb last year after picking up a double yellow.