Arsenal manager, Wenger, charged with misconduct, faces touch-line ban

The English FA has charged Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger with misconduct, bothering on “abusive and improper” comments and questioning “the integrity of the match referee.”

Wenger had angrily confronted Referee Mike Dean in the referees’ dressing room after Arsenal’s controversial draw with West Brom at the Hawthorns on New Year’s Eve.

Dean had given a last gasp penalty against Calum Chambers which made Arsenal slip from their 1-0 lead to draw 1-1, losing the vital three points.

Wenger confronted Dean on the edge of the pitch, then he also went into the refs’ room afterwards which is forbidden unless done so with permission.

An FA statement read: “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged following the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday [31/12/17].

“It is alleged his language and/or behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the game was abusive and/or improper and/or questioned the integrity of the match referee.

“He has until 6pm on Friday [05/01/18] to respond.”

Last year January 27, Wenger got a four-game touch-line ban for pushing and shouting at match official Anthony Taylor during a game with Burnley.

The Frenchman has now been charged with the same offence and could be banned from the touch-lines for Arsenal’s upcoming games.


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