Van Persie blasts “joke” referee for destroying Arsenal’s Europe dream

March 9th, 2011 - 4:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Arsenal London, Mar 9 (ANI): Ace striker Robin van Persie, who was given a second yellow card during the game against Barcelona, has blasted the “joke” referee for destroying Arsenal’s Champions League dream.

Referee Massimo Busacca gave Van Persie a second yellow for kicking the ball away - only moments after blowing the whistle.

At the time Arsenal were level with Barcelona, who went on to win 3-1.

“It had a big influence on the outcome - at 1-1 it was all to play for - and it was a total joke because how can I hear his whistle with 95,000 people jumping up?” The Sun quoted Van Persie, as asking.

“There was only one second from his whistle to my shot and it is a joke. I explained it to him but he had been bad all evening,” he said.

Boss Arsene Wenger said: “We lost against a good team. In the first half we resisted pressure - I think the second would have been very interesting if we had stayed 11 against 11 - unfortunately it was not the case.

“There are regrets when you see how we went out - the way we did, it is very difficult to accept.” (ANI)

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