The Football Association have charged Unai Emery with improper conduct after he kicked a water bottle into the crowd – and hit a fan – at Brighton..
TheArsenal manager immediately apologised but the FA have taken action following the incident during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw.
The Spaniard went to speak to the home supporter after the incident and at full-time after the Gunners drew 1-1 at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day.
said to them I’m sorry. It wasn’t hard but it touched one supporter,’ Emery told the BBC afterwards.
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho received a touchline ban for kicking a bottle of water against West Ham in 2016.
He was also sent to the stands during his side’s 1-1 draw after lashing out at the bottle in frustration, following referee Jonathan Moss’ decision to book Paul Pogba for diving.
He admitted improper conduct and picked up a one-match suspension.
At the time, the three-man disciplinary panel, chaired by Stuart Ripley, ruled Mourinho had ‘aggressively kicked the bottle in a manner that could have endangered people around him regardless of the motivation to do so’.
Referee Jonathan Moss said that fourth official Anthony Taylor had told him Mourinho had ‘aggressively kicked a water bottle… so recklessly and with little consideration of the consequences’.
Some Arsenal fans on social media have reacted furiously to their manager being charged for the latest bottle-kicking incident.
Plenty chose to compare the decision to charge Emery in comparison with the FA verdict that Liverpool forward Mo Salah was adjudged not to have dived for a penalty decision against Newcastle on Boxing Day.
One branded the FA as a ‘joke’, whilst another pondered whether the governing body would follow the precedent they set with Mourinho’s punishment.