The cost of truth: Arsene Wenger suspended three games, fined

Audrey Hill
January 6, 2018

BREAKING: Arsene Wenger to serve three-match touchline ban after admitting FA misconduct charge following Arsenal's game at West Brom on New Year's Eve.

Wenger was angered by referee Mike Dean after his side's 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns, where Calum Chambers conceded a late penalty for handball which saw Arsenal settle for a share of the points.

He will also be confined to the stands for the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Chelsea and the visit to Bournemouth in the Premier League.

A Football Association statement said the Frenchman admitted "his language and behaviour was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee". "He was also fined £40,000 ($54,000)".

In a press conference earlier this week Wenger said some referees were in the dark ages.

Arsene Wenger says he serves the game with "honesty and integrity" and refused to back down despite facing up to the prospect of a stadium ban. One hundred per cent (he dived).

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After Anthony Taylor awarded a spot-kick when Hector Bellerin clumsily challenged Eden Hazard in the box during a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in midweek, Wenger described the decision as "farcical".

"I have been asked [to respond] and I maintain what I said, 100%", Wenger added. "I have nothing to change in that", the Gunners boss said.

"Imagine, I am 21 years in the game and what I've seen and heard in corridors - I'm surprised and shocked to be charged".

"I respect everyone's opinion".

Wenger exchanged frank words with referee Mike Dean after the match, an argument that continued into the referees' changing room. That's why I can also be demanding and what I want from them is to be at the top.

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