Arsene Wenger has been given a four-match touchline ban for his altercation with fourth official Anthony Taylor last weekend.
Arsene Wenger has been banned for four matches after his altercation with Anthony Taylor, where he pushed the fourth official during a disagreement.
As a result of this, the Arsenal boss will will miss Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Southampton and subsequent Premier League games against Watford, Chelsea and Hull, and has been fined £25,000.
Arsenal have reportedly decided NOT to appeal against the decision.
Wenger was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss, after he was alleged to have used abusive or insulting language toward Anthony Taylor after Burnley were awarded an injury-time penalty.
Wenger attempted to watch the rest of the game from the tunnel, which led to him getting into confrontation with Taylor, and then appeared to push the official.
The Frenchman apologised for his actions on Monday, admitting he regretted the entire incident.
“I regret everything. I should have shut up and gone in and gone home, basically.
“I apologise for that. There’s nothing bad. I said something you hear everyday in football but nine times out of 10 you’re not sent to the stand for that. But if I am, I am and I should have shut up completely.”
The biggest worry for Arsenal will be that he now misses a crunch-tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a game that may well prove vital to any title-hopes the Gunners still have.
The FA confirmed on Monday afternoon that he has been charged.
“Arsene Wenger has been charged for misconduct following Arsenal’s game against Burnley on Sunday (22 January 2017),” a statement on the FA website read.
“It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official.
“It is 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.
“He has until 6pm on 26 January 2017 to respond to the charge.”