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Wenger: Fernandinho should’ve been sent off for ‘provocative behaviour’

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Arsene Wenger claimed that Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho should have been sent off for his ‘provocative behaviour’ in the incident where Angel Di Maria saw red on Tuesday night.

Paris Saint-Germain winger Di Maria was dismissed in the second half of his side’s 2-0 semi-final defeat by City when he kicked out at Fernandinho while chasing the ball off the pitch.

But former Arsenal manager Wenger made a point of drawing attention to Fernandinho’s conduct on the night, which he disapproved of.

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Speaking on beIN SPORTS, Wenger said: ‘I have to say I don’t like how Fernandinho behaved tonight. It’s provocative.

‘If you send Di Maria off, you have to send Fernandinho off as well, for me.

‘He should already have had a yellow card and then he was provoking Di Maria. They both should have been off.’

But looking at the bigger picture, Wenger said that PSG need to improve their defence and their discipline after finishing both matches against City with 10 men.

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Former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was sent off in the first leg for an awful late challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.

‘Overall, I would say that for them now it’s important to analyse where they can improve, and it’s at the back,’ he explained.

‘The defence, at the moment, is not good enough to win the Champions League.  They have huge potential but that’s where they need to correct it.

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‘They also need to become more calm and concentrated. ‘We cannot ignore that they finished both games with ten men. So it’s repeated as well. They need to improve their discipline when things don’t go well.’

Riyad Mahrez scored a goal in each half for City as they defeated Mauricio Pochettino’s men 4-1 on aggregate to book their first ever appearance in a Champions League final.

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