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LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has criticised
the behaviour of his players during Sunday's ill-tempered 0-0 draw at
"There are no excuses. We were guilty of stupid behaviour," Hill-Wood told
the Sun newspaper on Tuesday. "The players concerned were rather silly when
you would hope they would show more intelligence.
"What makes matters worse is the fact it was senior players who were
involved, experienced professionals who have played more than enough games
to know not to react like that. All I can say in our defence is we are not a
dirty side and nobody was hurt."
England's Football Association said on Monday it would be urgently reviewing
the match report of referee Steve Bennett and video evidence following the
ugly scenes involving Arsenal players at Old Trafford.
The London club look set for disciplinary trouble after the premier league
game turned sour in the wake of a red card for their French captain Patrick
Arsenal defender Martin Keown jumped into United's Dutch striker Ruud van
Nistelrooy, who was also jostled by several Arsenal players at the final
Van Nistelrooy, who had just missed a stoppage-time penalty, was a target
after his tangle with Vieira led to the red card -- prompting Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger to later accuse the Dutchman of cheating.
French newspaper L'Equipe reported on Monday there had also been a heated
exchange between Vieira and van Nistelrooy in the players' tunnel after the