Dressing room chat MUST remain private, says Wenger in wake of Hodgson 'monkey' joke controversy

By Sam Cunningham

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Arsene Wenger believes a cardinal rule in football has been broken that what goes on in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room in the wake of Roy Hodgson's 'Space Monkey' joke.

The Arsenal manager insists it is easy to make mistakes in the heat-of-the-moment and say something politically incorrect.

Hodgson was 45 minutes away from qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil next summer when he made a comment that offended someone in the England changing room.

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Crossed the line: Wenger believes a cardinal rule of football has been broken by revealing dressing room chat

Crossed the line: Wenger believes a cardinal rule of football has been broken by revealing dressing room chat

Crossed the line: Wenger believes a cardinal rule of football has been broken by revealing dressing room chat

'Give the ball to Townsend,' he said. 'It's like the NASA joke: keep feeding the monkey.'

He then went on to explain the joke to the team and even made the effort later to ask Andros Townsend if he was offended, which he was not.

Wenger said: 'We can go sometimes a bit over board at half time. It's an emotional situation and there is a lot of desire and effort in there. Basically all [that happens in the dressing room] has to remain in the dressing room. That's an old rule.

'Unfortunately these times have gone so you have to be today of course very careful about what you say wherever you are.' 

Controversy: Townsend was not offended by the remarks made by Hodgson at half-time

Controversy: Townsend was not offended by the remarks made by Hodgson at half-time

Wenger admitted that managers have to be very careful with how they act around football stadiums because there are cameras everywhere.

'I've been aggressive at half time,' he said. 'You have to adapt to the culture of your team. When you go to Japan you have to be cautious because what looks normal in an English dressing room suddenly looks shocking in a Japanese dressing room. You adapt to the culture of where you are.

'Sometimes you can say one word stronger, or someone that is not politically correct, that can happen to any manager.'

He added: 'People always want more. There are cameras everywhere. We would like a bit more confidentiality and we know we're in danger in these situations.

'I can go in after a game, you have a penalty against you in the last minute, you can go overboard in the corridor with the fourth official and you wouldn't like a camera to be there. The demand to see more is always bigger. Who pays the price? Sometimes it's the manager.'

Ready to go: Ozil hobbled off on international duty and Wilshere started on the bench for England

Ready to go: Ozil hobbled off on international duty and Wilshere started on the bench for England

Ready to go: Ozil hobbled off on international duty and Wilshere started on the bench for England

 

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True talk sir

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whoever leaked t to the press must be axed from the squad.

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I agree Jonnie, I consider this person to be a traitor.

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LORNAO, LONDON, United Kingdom, moments ago - Yes absolutely!

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No need. He will be the one who is never selected for the England squad again.

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I think mon keys are beautiful creatures. The problem is those who think otherwise.

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But we must not constrain our wonderful 'free' press....?

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They are quick to bring us fights with Pizza, refs being abused and assaulted. Boots kicked by Kights of the realm. So, if we follow logic, Wenger wants all this hushed up? :)

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NAME AND SHAME the rat who squealed!

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situation certainly being over looked

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He's absolutely right. The mature and professional approach for someone who feels offended by somebody else's comments or actions, is to speak to the individual privately and try to resolve the matter at the lowest level. Team members should be like families, and I for one would not go to the media to complain about my wife pulling my hair and drinking my beer.

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But, is someone sees your wife doing such things and reports it to the police, then you have already lost jurisdiction over how events proceed.:)

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Is the wisest man in football suggesting we cover up all sorts of things that may go on in that dressing room? Just where is the line crossed?

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Spot on Wenger. All the more reason for the FA to ban City's tunnel cam. It intrudes on players and the match officials' privacy.

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The tunnel cam comes into effect immediately before the players go out in front of 47000 fans,where is the privacy?You would not be a United fan would you?Jealousy is a horrid illness!!

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