Arsene Wenger has earned yet another FA misconduct charge after appearing to push the fourth official in the recent 2-1 win over Burnley.
Arsenal manager was involved in a war of words with the fourth official after being sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss. Wenger was reacting to the referee giving Burnley a penalty in injury time of the game. Burnley went on to score the penalty which put them level 1-1, but they were unable to hold on for much longer as Arsenal themselves were awarded the penalty with seconds remaining in the game. Alexis Sanchez converted from the spot in order to keep Arsenal in the hunt for the Premier League title.
Wenger felt aggrieved that a number of decisions went against Arsenal in the 90 minutes. Admittedly, there were a few decisions that could have resulted in an Arsenal penalty, but Moss turned them down. It is highly likely that the Frenchman will receive a four match ban for his altercation with the referee.
It could have not come at a much worse time for the gunners with some key games coming up. The gunners moved into the second spot courtesy of this victory, but they still remain eight points behind table leaders Chelsea.
In the past, former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew received a two match ban, along with a £20,000 fine, for pushing the official.”Look, it was nothing bad. I said something that you hear every day in football. Overall, nine times out of 10, you are not sent to the stand for that. But if I am, I am, and I should have shut up completely. I was quite calm for the whole game, more than usual,” said Wenger. “It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, Wenger used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official,” read a FA statement.