Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has received a three-match touchline ban and has been fined £40,000 for his misconduct behaviour in the referee’s changing room following last Sunday’s draw at West Bromwich.
Wenger was enraged after refree Mike Dean granted the Baggies a late punishment for handball when a cross by Kieran Gibbs struck Calum Chambers at short range.
He confronted Dean after the match, propelling an obscene tirade after Jay Rodriguez changed over the punishment to scratch a 1-1 draw.
Wenger was charged by the Football Association week and will now be absent from the Arsenal dug-out for their FA Cup third-round tie at Nottingham Forest on Sunday, Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg against Chelsea and the following Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth in the FA Cup.
An announcement from the FA on Friday evening read: ‘Arsene Wenger will serve match ban for Arsenal’s next three matches after he was accused of misconduct.
It follows an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today at which the Arsenal manager admitted that his language and behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the West Brom game on Sunday was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee. He was also fined £40,000.’
GAMES WENGER IS LIKELY TO MISS
Sunday Nottingham Forest (A)
FA Cup third round
Wednesday Chelsea (A)
EFL Cup semi-final, first leg
January 14 Bournemouth (A)
But that could merely be the start of Wenger’s trouble with the FA also having requested his observations over comments he made about officials before and after the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday.
That match also featured a penalty Wenger described afterwards as ‘farcical’ when Hector Bellerin fouled Eden Hazard.