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WENGER CHARGED BY THE FA WITH MISCONDUCT

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged with a misconduct charge by the FA for verbally abusing and pushing a fourth official Anthony Taylor when Arsenal clashed with Burnley on Sunday in a Premier League game.


The 67-year old French coach could not bottle up the emotions when it seemed as if the team would lose at home to the Premier League entrants. Burnley had a terrible away record and were largely written off ahead of the tie but they proved too much of a problem for the Gunners.

Arsenal played with ten men after Granit Xhaka was sent off for a rough tackle. The team managed to get a goal through summer addition Shkrodan Mustafi. However, the visitors won a penalty kick that ensured they drew back.

Wenger could not bear the thought of remaining in the third spot when they could move over Liverpool and Spurs with an ‘easy’ home win. He reacted angrily to the penalty decision by the referee. He was sent off but he still faced the other official.

The coach has apologized for the decision but would have to respond before 18:00 on Thursday to the charge. Taylor only encouraged him to move away after referee Jon Moss sent him to the stands but he responded by pushing him.

“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,” Wenger said after the incident.

By precedence, Newcastle coach Alan Pardew was fined as much as £20,000 in 2012 for pushing an assistant referee aside a two match ban.