Tuesday 19 September 2017

Arsene Wenger charged with misconduct by FA after Anthony Taylor fracas in Arsenal's win over Burnley

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger alleged used abusive or insulting language when talking to fourth official Anthony Taylor in Sunday's win over Burnley.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger alleged used abusive or insulting language when talking to fourth official Anthony Taylor in Sunday's win over Burnley.

Dan Zeqiri

The Football Association has charged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with misconduct in the wake of Sunday's game with Burnley.

The FA said Wenger is alleged to have used abusive or insulting behaviour words the fourth official and made physical contact with him. 

The Arsenal manager was furious at the officials following John Moss' decision to award Burnley a late penalty, though replays showed Francis Coquelin kicked Ashley Barnes across the shins.

Wenger was sent off and ushered down the tunnel where he appeared to push fourth official Anthony Taylor as he tried to remain in sight of the pitch.

His anger was short-lived however, as Arsenal snatched all three points with a contentious penalty in the last minute of stoppage time that Wenger watched on television.

Burnley defender Ben Mee caught Laurent Koscielny with a high boot, but replays showed the France centre back was offside when Alexis Sanchez lofted the ball into the penalty area.

Speaking after the game, Wenger said: "It was nothing bad. I said something that you hear every day in football, but overall nine times out of 10, you’re not sent to the stands for that.

"But if I am, I am - and I should have shut up completely. I was quite calm the whole game, more than usual, but just [not] in the last two or three minutes. "

He has until 6pm on 26 January 2017 to respond to the charge.

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