Wenger gets three-match touchline ban 'abusive' behaviour


Wenger's been suspended for three games and fined £40,000 for doing nothing more than speaking the truth - that Mike Dean is an very bad referee who has no business anywhere near anything above a Sunday league pitch, ever.

The Arsenal manager will be banned from the touchline for Sunday's FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest, the first leg of the League Cup semifinal against Chelsea next week, and a English Premier League match with Bournemouth on January 14.

Wenger admitted using abusive and improper language towards the match officials and questioned the integrity of the referee following the clash last Sunday. "He was also fined £40,000".

Arsene Wenger has stood by his comments on refereeing in the aftermath of Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Chelsea, and even doubled down by saying he felt Eden Hazard should have been booked for diving rather than a penalty given.

Wenger went to confront Dean in his dressing room after the penalty cost them two points
Wenger argues with referee Mike Dean following his decision to award West Brom a penalty

The Arsenal defender was penalised after Kieran Gibbs appeared to push the ball onto his arm, with Wenger feeling his star's action was not deliberate.

Wenger suggested before the match that supposed poor calls made in games against Stoke City, Watford, Manchester City and West Brom represented a "concerning coincidence" and claimed that Dean "saw what he wanted to see".

"I maintain what I said in the press conference - 100 per cent", the Frenchman said. "Nothing has changed. I try to serve this game with honesty and integrity and when I have something to say, I say it. I'm quite surprised that that is shocking".