Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss gets touchline ban over referee row

Friday 5th January , 2018 4:37 pm
Wenger was charged with misconduct after the New Year's Eve draw at West Brom (Image credit: Reuters)
Wenger was charged with misconduct after the New Year's Eve draw at West Brom (Image credit: Reuters)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been given a three-match touchline ban and fined £40,000 for his behaviour in the referee’s changing room after Sunday’s game against West Brom.

A Football Association statement said the Frenchman admitted “his language and behaviour was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee”.

Wenger was angered by referee Mike Dean after his side’s 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns, where Calum Chambers conceded a late penalty for handball.

He will start the punishment in the FA Cup third-round tie at Nottingham Forest on Sunday and it will take in two other away games, in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Chelsea and against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

In a separate case, Wenger has been asked to respond to the FA about views he expressed on officiating before and after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the league.

At a news conference earlier on Friday, the Arsenal boss said he served football with “honesty and integrity”.

“From what I’ve heard and seen in tunnels and dressing rooms down the years, I’m surprised and shocked to be charged,” he said.

 

 

 

Source: BBC