It was a rare show of emotion from Arsene Wenger towards the end of the Arsenal v Burnley game last weekend, but Le Prof admitted that he may be at fault but claimed that he was unaware that he was not allowed to remain in the tunnel after his sending off.
It seems that the FA took a more serious view of the incident and have hit the boss with a harsh fine and a 4 match touchline ban. This is how it was reported on Arsenal.com: Arsène Wenger has been given a four-match touchline ban with immediate effect after he was charged for misconduct following our game against Burnley on Sunday, January 22.
It was alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official. It was further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.
The Arsenal manager, who was also fined £25,000, admitted the charge and requested a personal hearing which took place before an Independent Regulatory Commission today.
The club has decided it will not be appealing the decision.
Okay well we knew he would get punished, but at least he wasn’t given the total ban that was called for by some ex-referees, and although he won’t be in the dugout for the Chelsea game at least he can be in contact with Steve Bould and will be able to talk to the players at half-time. I think he came out of it quite well really.
How about you?