Monday 23 April 2018

Jack Wilshere facing ban for offensive gesture during defeat at Man City

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere reacts after losing their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium. He made a one finger gesture to the City fans during the game
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere reacts after losing their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium. He made a one finger gesture to the City fans during the game

Jason Burt

Jack Wilshere faces the possibility of a Football Association ban after appearing to make an obscene gesture at Manchester City fans during Arsenal’s emphatic 6-3 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

The Arsenal midfielder could face a one-match ban, a fine or – more likely – a warning over his future behaviour if he is charged with improper conduct.

The FA will wait for referee Martin Atkinson to submit his match report before deciding whether to take any action against the 21-year-old and will have to be sure of their case.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was banned for one match and the club handed a £20,000 fine after making a similar gesture aimed at Fulham fans in December 2011. Liverpool were warned that they needed to ensure their players “conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” after the incident.

If the FA proceeds against Wilshere it will have to gather television and video evidence and also be able to prove that the England international was gesturing at City supporters.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, when asked about the incident, which was nevertheless clearly caught on cameras, said he did not see what had happened. “I don’t know if he did it,” Wenger said before adding of the prospect of a ban: “If he did it and he is banned then we will have to accept it.”

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