Benitez 'disappointed' at managers bust-up

November 10, 2006

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wants action to clean up the game to stop players cheating - and has pleaded with managers to set an example with their own behaviour.

The Anfield chief takes his side to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, where he will come face to face with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman, who has been charged - along with West Ham boss Alan Pardew - with improper conduct after last weekend's touchline clash at Upton Park.

Benitez admits to his 'disappointment' when he sees problems between managers, while also broadening his comments to cover the current uproar over refereeing standards and diving and cheating by players.

The Spaniard does not want to see referees become more high profile by being asked to explain their decisions to the media.

But he wants the FA to use video technology after matches to catch the cheats and to stamp out bad behaviour on the pitch.

Benitez explained: 'Always you must be disappointed when you see problems between managers.

'We must be an example for the young lads who are starting out in the game, and in fact to youngsters in other sports.

'Now you see people complaining about referees. But I feel we should use the video after the game, not for changing the referees' decision but for improving the behaviour of people.

'If players push or punch, then you can stop a lot of the things that are giving referees problems.

'If it is diving then you can see clearly in the video after the game, and they can be punished. Then the next time the players will say `be careful'.

'Then it will be easier for managers, the referees will not be making mistakes. We will then not have to talk about decisions and to complain.'

Benitez has problems enough of his own as he faces the Gunners knowing that defeat will all but end a genuine chance of getting into the title race.

The loss of midfielder Mohamed Sissoko for three months with a dislocated shoulder only makes life more difficult for the Spaniard at the Emirates stadium.

But he is determined to make his voice heard about the problems currently damaging the games' image.

He continued: 'I do not want to see video during a game, but if you can stop the bad behaviour and the diving or punching, then it will make the referees' jobs easier.

'I do not agree that referees should be made to explain their decisions to the media after the game. It is better that people do not know referees, that is the perfect situation.

'If that is the case then they can do their job much better. Sometimes when you talk about referees or ask them to explain everything you create more problems.

'They should not be expected to talk about what they have done, just to focus on the game. That will make it easier for them.

'In Spain, referees are not allowed to talk to the media and that is much better for them. They do not need to be under pressure every day.

'At Liverpool we try not to become involved with referees on the pitch, we try to be very, very nice.

'But sometimes you can see other teams and players who are not.

'It is clear who the players are who cause the most problems, it is there on video after each game. Then you should be able to punish people.

'If we need to talk to a referee, we do. But we never press them like other teams do. The FA must act against these people.

'If it is one of my players then it should be the same. If there is evidence that one of them has done something against a referee then you must act.'

As for the Upton Park incident, Benitez observed: 'It was a bad situation - as managers we must be respectful because there is a lot of people watching.

'Sometimes you cannot control your temper, but we must try to do it. As a manager you have a responsibility and you can be passionate. But afterwards you must be polite.

'We talk about players going to celebrate a goal with supporters as a risk, so if a manager is shouting and jumping around you have a problem.'