Arsene Wenger has blasted the officials during Arsenal’s 0-0 away tie with Besiktas, claiming star midfielder Aaron Ramsey was wrongfully sent off, Daily Mail reports.

The Gunners boss criticized referee Milorad Mazic for a number of calls made throughout the night, which saw Ramsey see red, Mikel Arteta injured from a Demba Ba challenge, and Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic sent to the stands.

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Wenger was also hit with a bottle thrown from the crowd, which was reported to UEFA immediately after the clash.

Talking in regards to the incidents, Wenger said: “Neither the first nor the second yellow card was deserved. When you see some of the fouls made tonight and we go home with Ramsey red carded, it’s a bit unbelievable.

“I think it was a very bad challenge on Arteta, but the referee was on the pitch and didn’t make anything of it. In the second half the performance of the referee was very bad. Arteta turned his ankle on the tackle.

“To send off Ramsey was wrong and it was a huge decision. I felt just a lot was wrong in the second half but, overall, it was a difficult game maybe to referee as well.

“The referee had a few conversations with Bilic in the second half and, in the end, sent him off. He can explain that much better. I don’t know really why he sent him off.”

Arsenal will play the second leg at the Emirates next Wednesday, but will first have to prepare for a tough trip away to Everton this weekend.

 

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