Arsene Wenger didn’t mince his words when asked about Marco Alonso’s elbow on Hector Bellerin.
Martin Atkinson (and the overwhelming majorty of pundits) saw nothing wrong with the Chelsea man connecting with Bellerin’s face before heading the ball. That he was knocked out from the blow, as evidenced by the way he hit the ground, didn’t seem to bother anyone either. Over and over we had to listen to them tell us how ‘fair’ and brave’ it had all been from Alonso because his ‘eyes were on the ball.’
“It was 100 per cent a foul,” said Wenger said after the game.
“It was even dangerous play. Bellerin was concussed. Not completely knocked out. He didn’t know the score at the time. He didn’t see the goal.
“One of the peculiarities of the game today is that referees are much more severe with tackles on the ground and let much more go with elbows in the face.
“It’s not only today, but in many, many games I see that. But it’s more dangerous to hit the head than the legs.”