Arsenal’s First Team Operations Manager, Ameesh Manek, has been fined £8,000 after he accepted a misconduct charge from the FA.
Manek is understood to have had words with fourth official Stuart Attwell and referee Jon Moss at half time of our 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace at the Emirates.
[1/2] Ameesh Manek, Arsenal’s First Team Operations Manager, has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a misconduct charge from The FA and accepted the standard penalty. pic.twitter.com/NRq46KirCh
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) May 1, 2019
How did someone whose day-to-day role is to ensure the matchday experience runs smoothly for the players and coaches get himself into this situation?
It’s not immediately obvious, although the Mirror did run an article saying Unai Emery had invited Manek to host a pre-game huddle with the first team squad; a duty the Spaniard has been rotating around the backroom staff to foster a sense of togetherness.
We can’t verify this, but it’s said Manek had players chanting “We are Arsenal” and “No-one comes to our home” in the style of an All Blacks Haka.
Quite why you’d shout the latter when the Premier League fixture list entails at least 19 home games is beyond us.
It obviously confused Shkodran Mustafi.