The FA have confirmed that Arsenal have been fined £40,000 after players surrounded the referee calling for a penalty during the 3-0 win over Oxford United in the FA Cup third round.
The Gunners denied the allegation that players acted in a disorderly manner, requested a hearing and subsequently saw the decision upheld by an independent Regulatory Commission.
Given the FA this week “fundamentally disagreed” with the same Regulatory Commission when it decided that some two-bob manager wasn’t consciously racist when he clearly was, it’s nice that they’ve been able to find some common ground – hating on Arsenal.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) January 19, 2023
We’re still waiting to hear what punishment is being dished out We were also fined £40,000 for a similar charge relating to player conduct in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle on 3 January.
Like in the Oxford game, several players complained about a penalty not being given for handball. If anything, we were more guilty on that occasion
, so we’ll probably have to reach for the chequebook again.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) January 13, 2023
Since the double charge landed on Vinai’s desk, there have been plenty of similar incidents involving Premier League clubs. It looks as though Wolves, Nottingham Forest and Fulham have been given the Arsenal treatment.