Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has been officially charged by the English FA for his behaviour in the Gunners’ last gasp 2-1 win over Burnley, a game during which he was sent to the stands by controversial referee Jon Moss.
The English FA released a statement today: “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.”
Wenger has been given till Thursday to respond to the FA’s charge, following which his punishment will be determined by a tribunal.
With Arsene having already apologized publicly for his behaviour, there is every likelihood that he will accept the charge and then wait nervously for the FA’s ruling. An early decision to accept the charge could also mean that whatever suspension is levied on the Frenchman could start this coming weekend for the game against Southampton in the FA Cup.
The last manager to have made physical contact with a fourth official was Alan Pardew, who in 2012 was handed a two game touchline ban. While far from ideal, that would mean Wenger misses games against Southampton and Watford, but if the FA want to sent a stronger message they could well impose a longer ban on a high profile boss like Wenger, which could potentially mean that the Arsenal boss could be watching from the stands for the Gunners’ trip to Stamford Bridge.
Either way though, the one thing Arsene will be desperate to avoid is a stadium ban, which would leave the Gunners manager-less for certain games.