LONDON: Arsene Wenger has been given a four-match touchline ban for remonstrating with officials in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley.
He will now be forced to sit in the stands for Arsenal’s FA Cup trip to Southampton as well as three Premier League matches.
Wenger admitted a misconduct charge from the Football Association after appearing to push and verbally abuse fourth official Anthony Taylor in Sunday’s dramatic late success over the Clarets. He must also watch from the stands during Arsenal’s Premier League matches against Watford, Chelsea and Hull.
“It was alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official.
“It was 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.
“The Arsenal manager, who was also fined #25,000, admitted the charge and requested a personal hearing which took place before an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday 27 January.”
Wenger was sent off by referee Jon Moss after allegedly using abusive or insulting language towards fourth official Taylor when Burnley won an injury-time penalty.
Arsenal’s French manager attempted to watch the remainder of the contest from the entrance to the tunnel, when he appeared to have pushed Taylor, who was asking him to retreat.
Andre Gray’s penalty three minutes into injury time had Wenger incensed, only for Alexis Sanchez to convert a spot-kick of his own some eight minutes into the added time, sealing the Gunners’ victory.
Wenger confirmed on Friday morning he would not contest the FA charge, then admitted his own conduct had overshadowed Arsenal’s gritty win.
He said: “This team has shown qualities that are very important. We are a team that has produced more goals in the last five minutes than anyone else, it shows that we are relentless and (have) a refusal to give in no matter what happens, we keep going.”
Arsenal even rode out Granit Xhaka’s red card to see off Burnley.