Sunday 22 September 2019

FA charge Emery for kicking bottle that hit spectator

Unai Emery apologises to Brighton fans after he kicked a bottle into the crowd. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Unai Emery apologises to Brighton fans after he kicked a bottle into the crowd. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery faces the threat of a touchline ban after being charged by the Football Association (FA) for kicking a bottle that hit a Brighton fan during the 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium.

The incident, which occurred late in the match on Wednesday, brought a charge of improper conduct and Emery has until 6pm next Wednesday to respond.

The Spaniard said that it was an accident and he had kicked the bottle in frustration, not at the supporter. He apologised to the fan immediately afterwards and again at full-time.

"I say yesterday my apologies. I kicked the bottle in frustration but not for the supporter. I kicked for me and it went near to the supporter and I said to them my apologies," Emery said during a press conference yesterday, before he was charged.

"I repeat today my apologies for my individual action but I kick the bottle because it is near me, but not because it is my intention."

However, Emery is facing the threat of a touchline ban after the FA confirmed yesterday he had been charged with improper conduct.

Meanwhile, Emery is having to deal with the contract situation of midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is about to enter the final six months of his current deal and from January 1 will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.

That has led Emery to have talks with the Wales international to ensure he remains focused on performing well for Arsenal. Emery said: "For me, the most important thing for every player is for their focus to be here.

"They have their individual circumstances in their contract in their present and in their future, but my present, my future is here in Arsenal. They show me the focus for us and I think it's not easy for Aaron, but I spoke with him and we need his performances for us.

"I need this focus also from him, to us, to help us to go to Liverpool on Saturday and then to Fulham. His future is only for him and for his agent." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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