Arsenal have been charged by the FA for failing to ensure players “conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during the 56th minute of the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.
The Gunners were incensed when referee Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty to the visitors after Erling Haaland was hauled down by Gabriel Magalhaes. As the official booked the Brazilian, Jorginho, Granit Xhaka and Takehiro Tomiyasu all pleaded for the player’s innocence.
Just for good measure, City have also been charged after their players surrounded the officials when Arsenal were awarded a penalty in the 42nd minute and just past the hour mark when Eddie Nketiah picked up a booking.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) February 17, 2023
This is the third time this year and the fourth time in total this season that the Gunners have been charged. Fines have already been issued for incidents that took place against Leeds United, Newcastle United and Oxford United.
The Gunners are known to have appealed against the latter on the basis that the charge was unreasonable and unfair. No update has been provided since.
At this point, Arsenal might as well set up a direct debit to the FA; perhaps they can use the cash to train referees who are able to actually do their jobs.