Unai Emery has been charged with improper conduct by the FA following an incident during the 1-1 draw with Brighton on Wednesday.
The Arsenal boss kicked a water bottle in a moment of frustration which hit a home supporter. He immediately apologised, the fan accepted his apology, but the game’s governing body released a statement this evening which says:
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been charged following the game against Brighton yesterday [26 December 2018]. It is alleged his action of kicking a water bottle during the fixture amounts to improper conduct. He has until 6pm on 2 January 2019 to respond to the charge.
He is likely to face a one-match touchline ban if found guilty, the same punishment meted out to Jose Mourinho for a similar incident in the past.
Speaking about a potential ban earlier today, Emery said, “I hope not but I have to respect the decision because it is a circumstance of my action, but not another intention from me with the supporter.
“I said yesterday my apologies, I kicked the bottle in frustration but not for the supporter, I kicked for me and it went near to the supporter and I said to them my apologies.
“There is not another communication. I repeat today my apologies for my individual action but I kick the bottle because it is near me, but not because it is my intention.”