"Wenger blames media excess Jon Brodkin Friday September 26, 2003 The Guardian An angry Arsène Wenger claimed yesterday that Arsenal face a potential rash of suspensions after the match at Manchester United because the Football Association responded to "over-reaction" by the media. Though apologising for his team's behaviour and promising "it won't happen again", Wenger insisted the condemnation had been way over the top and that the FA would "issue a charge every week" if it cracked down on similar actions elsewhere. The manager vowed to defend the six Arsenal players charged over Sunday's game and is likely to request personal hearings. Lauren, Martin Keown, Ashley Cole, Jens Lehmann, Ray Parlour and Patrick Vieira could be banned for a total of 19 matches. "We will defend our case as strongly as we can," said Wenger, who also intends to defend his comment that Ruud van Nistelrooy cheats. "They [the FA] reacted to the media reaction. There was a media campaign for us to be charged and we were charged. "I have seen things 10 times worse on the pitch [in England] not punished. Sometimes there's no reaction from...the media to really dangerous things that could kill people. Where on Sunday was an elbow in the face? Was anybody hurt or was there really an exchange of blows? "We should not have reacted and we have to control that but I find the sensitivity of the country really selective. Suddenly the country is shocked, like there is never any violence in football or society. You [the media] react like these players have killed somebody." A visibly upset Wenger argued that incidents involving his team were more likely to be highlighted on television. "If the FA said they would watch everything [from every Premiership match] and decide who they will charge, I would say OK," he said. "I have nothing against Sky but this is not the right way to act if you want to punish everybody. Someone who has no responsibility to football can decide what he wants to show. "Some clubs can never be caught. It's like you say it's only for the Mercedes that the speed limit counts. Everyone else can drive as they want." Asked about a possible points deduction, he said: "Why don't they put us in Division One?" Wenger said other incidents, not only Sunday's, explained the behaviour towards Van Nistelrooy: "A history between Van Nistelrooy and Lauren from last year in the Cup - I will give you the tape of what he did on Lauren and what he did on Keown and [Freddie] Ljungberg." Sol Campbell's hearing over his sending-off for retaliation in the Community Shield has been proposed for October 13." I'm totally and utterly not worthy.