12 October 2014 15:19
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has apologised for pushing Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho during last weekend’s clash at Stamford Bridge.
The pair became involved in a physical altercation during Chelsea’s 2-0 win in the Premier League last Sunday.
Wenger placed his hands on the chest of his opposite number, who was urging the Frenchman to keep out of the Chelsea technical area following a foul from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez.
The Arsenal boss told Telefoot: “They gave too much importance to this story.
“In hindsight I think I should not have reacted at all, it’s not a way to behave on a football field.
“I always regret any signs of violence and I apologise, but that’s a part of games where everything is manic.”
Wenger also claimed he was provoked by the Chelsea manager, with relations between the pair notoriously frosty.
“And then we have quite a substantial past,” added Wenger. “Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea’s technical area.”
The result means Wenger has failed to get the better of Mourinho in 12 meetings.