Arsene Wenger will sit in the stands for Arsenal’s next three games after admitting he directed inappropriate language at Mike Dean in the referee’s changing room after the West Bromwich Albion game.
The Frenchman was furious that the official awarded the Baggies an 87th-minute penalty after Kieran Gibbs flicked the ball onto Calum Chambers hands from little more than a yard away. The converted spot-kick led to the game finishing 1-1.
Wenger initially said he’d contest the charge but appears to have changed his mind.
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This morning, reports seemed to suggest he might get a stadium ban which would have left him watching at least one game at home. Things haven’t panned out that way.
The boss will travel with his squad to Nottingham Forest on Sunday but he’ll have to watch the action from the stands. He’ll do similar for the Carabao Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge (where he’s sat in the stands before) and the trip to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium.
Wenger has also been fined £40,000.