Wenger faces lengthy ban following bust-up with match officials

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be handed a lengthy ban, having been charged by the English Football Association over comments made to match officials after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at West Brom

The Frenchman was angry after referee Mike Dean gave the Baggies a last-minute penalty after Kieran Gibbs pushed the ball onto Calum Chambers’ arm, which the home team converted.

And Wenger has been charged with using “abusive and/or improper and/or questioned the integrity of the match referee” in the officials’ changing room after the game.

Wenger has until Friday to respond to the charge.

Speaking on Tuesday, before the charge was announced, Wenger said: “It was very disappointing.

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“What is more frustrating for me is it happened many times this season– at Stoke, Watford, Man City, now West Brom.

“It is a concerning coincidence for me. That is why as well I was not at all happy with the movement the referee made as to why he gave the penalty. It did not correspond at all with what happened.

“On that front, it’s a bit worrying,” he stated.

Last January, Wenger was given a four-match touchline by the FA after being found guilty of misconduct following an incident with fourth official Anthony Taylor during a league game against Burnley.

Arsenal host Chelsea on Wednesday.


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