Arsene Wenger fined £40,000, banned 3 matches

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Arsene Wenger faces off with a referee

Arsene Wenger has been banned for three matches and fined £40,000 for his comments in the referee’s changing room following Arsenal’s draw against West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Eve.

The manager was angry with Mike Dean’s decision to award West Brom a controversial late penalty for a handball by Calum Chambers, which Jay Rodriguez scored to deny the Gunners all three points.

The ban means Wenger will miss Arsenal’s FA Cup trip to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, next week’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea, and their Premier League game at Bournemouth on Sunday 14 January.

Wenger has separately been asked for his observations for comments made both before and after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night, for which he has until Tuesday 9 January to respond, and could face further punishment.

A statement from the FA read: “Arsene Wenger will serve a touchline ban for Arsenal’s next three matches after he was charged with misconduct.

“It follows an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today at which the Arsenal manager admitted that his language and behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the West Brom game on Sunday was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee. He was also fined £40,000.”

Source: The Independent UK