Arsene Wenger handed 4-match touchline ban

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been handed a 4-match touchline ban for having pushed and verbally abused fourth official Anthony Taylor after being sent off in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Burnley at the weekend. Wenger has also been handed a negligible £25,000 fine.

Wenger will as a result miss Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Southampton and the Premier League matches that follow against Watford, Chelsea and Hull.

Fortunately from an Arsenal perspective Wenger has not been handed a stadium ban, which means he will be able to interact with the team during the games, even if from the stands.

Wenger’s ban will provide Assistant Manager Steve Bould a rare chance to run proceedings on the pitch during the game.

There is a chance that Wenger will appeal the ban, but even if the FA agrees to a reduction, there is still every chance that he will miss the big game away to Chelsea on the 4th of February.


Update: Arsenal have released a statement announcing they will not appeal the ban.

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