Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted lying to the press in order to protect his players.
“If you ask me have I lied to the press to protect a player, I must honestly say yes,” Wenger said. “I didn’t feel comfortable but I had a clear conscience because it was for a good cause.
“But when I lie to the press I speak beforehand with the player and say: ’Listen, this is the story we’re going to give.”’
The question was put to Wenger after Wayne Rooney contradicted Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson’s assertion that the England striker was left out of his side’s games against Valencia and Sunderland because of an ankle injury.
When asked after England’s 0-0 draw with Montenegro at Wembley in midweek if his ankle had caused any problems, Rooney replied: “No, I have had no ankle problems all season.”
Wenger declined to identify the lies he had told, adding: “If you ask me why I’ve lied I would have to give concrete examples and you find out which player.”