FA asks Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to explain comments on referees

Jan 06, 2018, 01:22
FA asks Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to explain comments on referees

The manager will miss Arsenal's FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest, the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and next weekend's Premier League game against Bournemouth, but will be back in the dugout for the visit of Crystal Palace to the Emirates on January 20th.

The Arsenal manager, however, admitted to being close to "shock" in the dying minutes of the match before his side drew level.

Rather than concentrating post-match comments on acclaiming his team's resolve - Hector Bellerin grabbed an equalizer in the second minute of stoppage time - Wenger unleashed on referees, the media and the packed festive schedule all rivals have had to contend with.

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Following Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Chelsea Wednesday, Wenger again complained about the "farcical" decision by Anthony Taylor to award Chelsea a penalty in 67th minute, leading the FA to ask for the manager's observations.

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".

Wenger was on Tuesday charged following his conduct in the referee's changing room after Sunday's game against West Brom.

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"I don't know... maybe I would've gone home and commit (sic) suicide tonight", Wenger jokingly told journalists at the post-match press briefing.

"I try to serve this game with honesty and integrity and when I have something to say I will say it". I believe I've had more influence on that and a positive one too. "I'm quite surprised that that is shocking".

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