Arsène Wenger hit with three-game touchline ban for abuse of referee

Arsène Wenger hit with three-game touchline ban for abuse of referee

Arsène Wenger hit with three-game touchline ban for abuse of referee

Wenger admitted a charge of using inappropriate language in the row, and has subsequently been given a three-game touchline ban for his actions, confirmed in a statement released by the FA on Friday afternoon.

Manager of Arsenal Football Club, Arsene Wenger has been handed a three-match touchline ban and fined by the Football Association over comments he made about the refereeing of Sunday's Premier League game against West Brom.

The Arsenal manager has already been charged with misconduct for abusing the referee, Mike Dean, after Sunday's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion and has until 6pm today to respond. He has also been fined £40,000.

Assistant Steve Bould will now be the leading presence on the touchline for Sunday's FA Cup third round tie against Championship side Nottingham Forest at the City Ground and the away leg of Arsenal's Carabao Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday in addition to next weekend's top-flight trip to Bournemouth.

Describing the incident, Wenger claimed that the decision was a "farce".

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That is because the Frenchman also made some very interesting comments after the Chelsea came.

But Wenger didn't agree and criticised the official following the match. "That is a concerning coincidence for me".

Barely 24 hours after the Gunners boss was charged for his furious reaction to a late penalty against his side at West Brom, another spot-kick proved the turning point as Chelsea held Arsenal at the Emirates. In the end, maybe it's a fair result.

In a press conference earlier this week Wenger said some referees were in the dark ages.

"You read the foreign papers what they write about that and the English papers and you will see a difference". We can spend all day talking about things that aren't important, but we want to see big games, with important players and see them refereed by top professionals.

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