Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a touchline ban for his behaviour after last week’s 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Wenger was incensed after the Baggies were awarded a penalty in stoppage time at the Hawthorns, when the ball was adjudged to have struck Calum Chanmbers in the box. Wenger exchanged frank words with referee Mike Dean after the match, an argument that continued into the referees’ changing room.
Wenger admitted a charge of using inappropriate language in the row, and has subsequently been given a three-game touchline ban for his actions, confirmed in a statement released by the FA on Friday afternoon. He has also been fined £40,000.
With the Gunners in cup action for their next two fixtures, the disruption to their league schedule will be minimal even with a three game ban. The manager will miss Arsenal’s FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest, the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and next weekend’s Premier League game against Bournemouth, but will be back in the dugout for the visit of Crystal Palace to the Emirates on January 20th.
However, that ban could yet be extended if the FA decide to extend the charge in the wake of his comments both before and after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea. Arsenal were on the end of another controversial penalty decision, this time from referee Anthony Taylor, and with the governing body already requesting that he explain his comments in relation to that fixture, he could face more time away from the touchline.