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Wenger should be more gracious in defeat: Hughes

December 03, 2009 14:36 IST

Mark HughesManchester City manager Mark Hughes called on Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to be more gracious in defeat after the losing Frenchman snubbed him at the end of their League Cup quarter-final.

Wenger refused to shake hands with Hughes after City's 3-0 victory over his young side at Eastlands, unrepentantly telling reporters later that "perhaps I have no professional courtesy".

"Maybe he's used to winning games and when he does lose sometimes he doesn't know how to behave," Hughes, who said he had a lot of respect for Wenger and his achievements, told the BBC.

"At one point I was over on his side of the technical area and he seemed to be a bit aggrieved by that," he added.

"But I think he is probably more aggrieved because he got beaten. I have been to the Emirates Stadium and been beaten 6-2 but I still offered my hand at the end.

"It is the least you can do.

"I am a little bit disappointed in that respect. You should be a bit more gracious than that because it is unnecessary.

"We all hurt when we get beaten, but you should always offer your hand."

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