Arsene Wenger facing ban after shove

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to pay the price for pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor.

Wenger shoved Taylor during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley, a game in which two penalties were awarded in the closing stages, and Gunners star Granit Xhaka was red-carded.

The Arsenal manager also verbally let rip at referee Jon Moss, alongside calling Moss’ integrity into question.

Now FA chiefs are set to send out a clear message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated. Wenger could be hit with a three-game, or more, stadium ban, which would mean Wenger missing the FA Cup clash with Southampton and league clashes with Watford and Chelsea.

An FA statement 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.”

Arsenal have specifically denied claims that Wenger used the word “cheat” towards Moss. Moss has already been in the eye of the storm this season, with Stoke boss Mark Hughes got an £8,000 fine for a bust-up with Moss when he was a fourth official.

Xhaka could also be feeling the sharp end of Wenger’s tongue, with Xhaka having been sent off for the second time this season, and facing a four-game ban. Wenger is said to be furious with Xhaka over his lack of discipline.

 

By Steve Osborne              @BlizzardSteve75

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