UEFA have just announced that they have open disciplinary proceedings against Arsene Wenger. In a statement released on their website, they say:
“Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger for not abiding by the decisions of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body in relation to the one-match suspension he served during Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League play-off game against Udinese Calcio.
According to the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a manager may not communicate with his team during the match for which he is suspended and may follow the game from the stands only.
Wenger was serving the suspension which the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body handed down following the English team’s round of 16 match at FC Barcelona in the same competition last season.”
Yesterday, Wenger hit out at UEFA for their lack of clarity, saying, “It was difficult because you didn’t really know what the rules were.
“They told us first we could communicate through my assistant and at half-time it was not like that. It was a bit confusing. We tried to respect the rules as they are set by UEFA but, of course, it is very difficult to see how you can stop someone having an influence”.
UEFA will discuss Wenger’s case on Monday, August 22nd, and have, no doubt, sent a nice hamper to Geoff Shreeves and the rest of the sniveling fuckwits at Sky who seemed to focus more on who Wenger was talking to than Arsenal’s match during their coverage.