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Wenger to miss Chelsea after being hit with 4-game touchline ban
Arsene Wenger will be banned for our crucial clash with Chelsea next weekend after being slapped with a four-game touchline ban by the Football Association, it was confirmed this evening.
The boss admitted a misconduct charge after being pulled up by the FA following his altercation with fourth official Anthony Taylor and referee Jon Moss during our 2-1 win over Burnley last weekend.
Wenger was sent off after remonstrating with the referee after he awarded Burnley a penalty and what looked to be a stoppage time equaliser before shoving the fourth official as he tried to watch the final minutes in the tunnel.
Arsene immediately apologised for his behaviour and requested a personal hearing – which was conducted this afternoon – after being charged by the FA with misconduct.
The FA have now announced on their website that Wenger has been given a four-game touchline ban as well as a £25,000 fine.
A statement on the FA’s website read:
“Arsene Wenger has been given a four-match touchline ban with immediate effect after he was charged for misconduct following Arsenal’s game against Burnley on Sunday 22 January 2017.
“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 [Friday 27 January 2017].”
Four games is about what I thought the boss would get and it’s probably fair given the circumstances. He was never going to get the 8-10 games that the journalists have been begging for.
Arsene will now not be on the touchline for upcoming games against Southampton, Watford, Chelsea and Hull City. The good news is it’s not a stadium ban so Wenger will still be able to attend the games.