Arsenal fans are used to Arsene Wenger complaining about referee’s decisions on a regular basis, but it was obvious to everyone watching that the penalty that Mike Dean gave West Brom in the dying minutes of their game against Arsenal was totally unfounded. In fact, we on here asked if anyone other than Mike Dean believed it was warranted.
Wenger then after the match went on to question many of the decisions that have already gone against Arsenal this season. He said: “It was very disappointing in the way it happened. I must say what is more frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season – at Stoke, at Watford, at Man City, at West Brom. That is a concerning coincidence for me.”
Now we are told that the boss has been charged by the FA for “questioning the integrity” of Mike Dean in the ref’s dressing room after the game, which is surely a euphemism for calling him a downright cheat to his face, and, to be honest, there are very few Arsenal fans that would disagree with him.
But now it looks like it is not Dean that is likely to be punished for his actions, but Wenger is! The FA statement reads as follows: “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged following the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday [31/12/17]. It is alleged his language and/or behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the game was abusive and/or improper and/or questioned the integrity of the match referee. He has until 6pm on Friday [05/01/18] to respond.”
I think this should be very easy for Wenger to respond, simply show them a video of the incident and dare them to say that the penalty was warranted. If they are stupid enough to say that Dean was correct and Wenger gets punished then they are showing they have as well. Surely referees should be accountable for being overtly biased? It looks to me that certain officials are actively at war with Arsenal.…
Free Arsene Wenger!