The Football Association (FA) is set to charge Arsene Wenger with a touchline ban after an alleged altercation with the fourth official, Anthony Taylor during the match against Burnley. The French tactician is given until 26 January 2017, 6 PM to explain his side.
According to reports, Wenger pushed Taylor not just once, but twice, when the latter told him to leave the tunnel while a penalty was given to Burnley’s Andre Gray. Aside from that, the Arsenal boss also threw insults and verbally abused the official.
To date, it remains unclear on how long Wenger would have to watch his squad from the sidelines since the FA considers his behavior as “non-standard.” This means that there is no set of sanctions that will guide and govern how he should be punished.
Meanwhile, Wenger issued an apology in an interview.
“I regret everything, I should have shut up, gone in and gone home. I apologise for that,” he explained.
This is not the first time that the Arsenal boss is pushed under the limelight because of his behavior. One of his most memorable sideline antics was when a confrontation against the ex-Chelsea, now turned Manchester United head honcho, Jose Mourinho.
In 2012, he was given a three-match suspension in their Champions League match against AC Milan. The cause of the said ban was the comments that he made regarding the match’s referee, Damir Skomina.
Although there are no rules that oversee Wenger’s ban, others are pushing that he should be served with a lengthy suspension to serve as an example to other managers.
Arsenal had a difficult time in securing success against Burnley. They were almost forced to settle for an even steven finish if not for Alexis Sanchez, who converted a late penalty in stoppage time.
With the said win, the Gunners are back to the 2nd spot of the league table and trails Chelsea by eight points.