Midfielder slams Koscielny head 'slap'

Wilshere critical of Ferguson conduct

February 28, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was left unimpressed by the Carling Cup final conduct of Birmingham City's Barry Ferguson, who he claimed slapped Laurent Koscielny on the head in the aftermath of Blues' late winning goal on Sunday.

Wojciech Szczesny, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna
GettyImagesAn error by Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny handed the Carling Cup to Birmingham

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Koscielny and Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny gifted Birmingham their first major trophy in almost half a century and as Ferguson celebrated with scorer Obafemi Martins and team-mates, he appeared to push the France defender's head.

Wilshere, who was denied a cup final goal when his 20-yard shot hit the bar in the first-half, has expressed his disappointment in the incident, though he didn't explicitly mention former Rangers captain Ferguson by name.

"Well done to the Birmingham City player who slapped Koscielny on the head when they scored, very big of you!" Wilshere posted on his Twitter account.

It's thought that Ferguson and his Blues team-mates had been left angered by an earlier challenge from Koscielny on Lee Bowyer, which was punished with a yellow card.