Arsene Wenger will be allowed to sit on the bench for Arsenal’s second-leg Champions League qualification with Udinese tomorrow night.
The Frenchman had been handed a two game ban for allegedly flouting the rules of an initial suspension, but after lodging an appeal has had the punishment postponed until UEFA’s Appeals Body holds a review.
A statement on UEFA.com reads as follows:
“The UEFA Appeals Body has granted a stay of execution to the appeal lodged earlier today by Arsenal FC and their manager Arsène Wenger.
“The Appeals Body will take a decision in due time, but not before Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League game against Udinese Calcio in Italy on Wednesday.
“Following the play-off first leg match between Arsenal and Udinese last week, the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body yesterday banned Wenger from carrying out his duties at Arsenal’s next two UEFA competition matches and fined the club €10,000. Without today’s decision by the Appeals Body, the manager’s suspension would have taken effect for the play-off second leg at Udinese.”
Arseblog News believes that when Wenger’s appeal is heard by UEFA he will likely have the ruling overturned.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal and Newcastle United have both been fined £30,000 for failing to control their players during the fractious 0-0 draw at St James Park on the opening day of the season.
Players from both sides were embroiled in a brawl after Joey Barton accosted Gervinho in the penalty box and attempted to quote George Orwell in linguistically inaccurate French.