Wenger given three-match touch­line ban and fined ¤45,000

Arse­nal man­ager pun­ished for re­marks about ref­er­ee­ing at West Brom game

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Arsène Wenger has been handed a three-match touch­line ban and a £40,000 (¤45,045) fine fol­low­ing a Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion mis­con­duct charge over com­ments he made about the ref­er­ee­ing of Arse­nal’s game against West Brom.

He will start the pun­ish­ment in the FA Cup at Not­ting­ham For­est to­mor­row and it will take in two other away games, in the Carabao Cup at Chelsea and against Bournemouth in the Pre­mier League.

Arsène Wenger’s ref­eree para­noia will chip away at Arse­nal’s con­vic­tion

A state­ment from the FA yes­ter­day read: “Arsène Wenger will serve a touch­line ban for Arse­nal’s next three matches af­ter he was charged with 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.”

Penalty de­ci­sions

In a sep­a­rate case, Wenger has been asked by the gov­ern­ing body to pro­vide his ob­ser­va­tions on what he said about penalty de­ci­sions which went against Arse­nal in matches against West Brom and Chelsea over the fes­tive pe­riod.

Wenger said yes­ter­day morn­ing that he stood by his com­ments. He was an­gry that Calum Cham­bers was pe­nalised by Dean for a hand­ball at West Brom and be­lieves Eden Hazard should have been booked for div­ing when the Chelsea player won a penalty the man­ager de­scribed as “far­ci­cal”.

Wenger ap­peared to sug­gest af­ter the Chelsea game that there may be a con­spir­acy against his team. “We got again a far­ci­cal de­ci­sion on a penalty but we knew that, as well, be­fore,” he said.

He is not back­ing down. “I main­tain what I said in the press con­fer­ence [af­ter the Chelsea game] – 100 per cent,” he said yes­ter­day. “I have noth­ing to change in that. I’ve been in Eng­land for 21 years and I try to serve this game with hon­esty and in­tegrity and when I have some­thing to say I will say it. On that front, noth­ing will change, never.

“You imag­ine that I’ve been in the game for 21 years. What I’ve seen and heard in the cor­ri­dors from peo­ple, you might un­der­stand that I’m sur­prised and shocked at hav­ing been charged.”

Yel­low card

Re­gard­ing the penalty awarded for Héc­tor Bellerín’s chal­lenge on Hazard, he said: “I think it was a yel­low card for Hazard. One hun­dred per cent [he dived]. I have a right to have my opin­ion and I re­spect ev­ery­body’s opin­ion.”

When it was pointed out that Jack Wil­shere was ac­cused of div­ing in the same match, he replied: “Maybe he did, but why should that change my opin­ion on the penalty? It has noth­ing to do with the penalty.

“You have your opin­ion and I have my opin­ion and I’ve been in the game long enough to know that ev­ery­body can have a dif­fer­ent opin­ion.”

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