Arsenal manager Wenger banned for 3 matches for misconduct

Ross Houston
January 8, 2018

According to an official release from the FA on Friday (5 January), the 68-year-old - who initially insisted that he would "100%" contest the charge - admitted that his language or behaviour was "abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee".

Referee Mike Dean awarded West Brom a late penalty for handball against Arsenal defender Calum Chambers during the match and Jay Rodriguez converted to earn his side a point.

Arsene Wenger has been asked by the Football Association to provide observations about his comments made before and after Arsenal's game with Chelsea, the governing body has announced.

The FA misconduct charge relates to Wenger's behavior in the referee's changing room after Sunday's game against West Brom. We all knew that Arsene would get a bit of a break, to put it diplomatically, and the only wild card was how long that break would last, and how heavy the fine accompanying it turned out to be.

Benge confirmed Wenger will now miss Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie against Nottingham Forest, followed by the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

"From what I've heard and seen in tunnels and dressing rooms down the years, I'm surprised and shocked to be charged", he said.

But Wenger didn't agree and criticised the official following the match. On that front, nothing will change.

"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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