Three-match ban for Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger after abusing match officials

Tricia Pearson
January 8, 2018

Arsene Wenger stands by the comments he made before and after Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night.

The Arsenal manager's punishment is more severe than the one-match stadium ban that he might have expected after he admitted a charge of abusing match officials and questioning the integrity of referee Mike Dean after Sunday's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

The Arsenal manager will be banned from the touchline for Sunday's FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest, the first leg of the League Cup semifinal against Chelsea next week, and a English Premier League match with Bournemouth on January 14.

Wenger was furious with referee Mike Dean after he awarded the Baggies a late penalty for a handball by Calum Chambers.

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In a separate case, Wenger has also been asked by the governing body to provide his observations on what he said about penalty decisions which went against the Gunners in both their matches over the festive period.

"I respect everyone's opinion".

Responding directly to the FA charge, he said: 'Yes I have been asked [to respond] and I maintain what I said in the press conference, 100%. However he did question whether Jack Wilshere should have been on the pitch after he should have been given two yellow cards. "I'm quite surprised that that is shocking".

He said before the game against Chelsea: "I must say what is more frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season - at Stoke, at Watford, at Manchester City, at West Brom".

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