According to the Evening Standard, Arsene Wenger could face a disciplinary charge from the FA after angrily confronting referee Neil Swarbrick in the tunnel after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Watford.
The Frenchman was left incensed by the decision to award a penalty to the home side after Richarlison took a tumble in the box under pressure from Hector Bellerin on 70 minutes. Wenger later described the decision as ‘scandalous’ when he faced the press.
The FA are expected to review Swarbrick’s decision to award the spot-kick and could hand the Brazilian a two-game ban if it’s deemed he dived. That will come as little consolation to the Gunners who saw momentum swing away from them after the incident. Troy Deeney scored from the spot before Tom Cleverley snatched three points for the Hornets in stoppage time.
Whether Wenger earns a ban will depend on evidence from Swarbrick. As the Standard article makes clear, there’s no formal rule against managers entering a referee’s room.
We’ll wait and see.
UPDATE – He’s not in trouble, the FA aren’t pressing charges.