The FA have fined Arsenal after the club admitted its players failed to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion during the second half of the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Several Gunners surrounded referee Anthony Taylor in the 56th minute after a penalty was awarded for a Gabriel Magalhaes’ foul on Erling Haaland. After a VAR review, the decision was reversed with the Norwegian adjudged to have been offside in the build-up.
All the same, the damage was done and Vinai is going to have to grab the cheque book. First, we have to pay £65,000 for the City incident then we have to pay an additional £20,000 – initially suspended – for a similar breach of the rules in the FA Cup clash with Oxford United.
We’ve actually already paid £40,000 for the Oxford incident but the independent Appeal Board ruled that the fine wasn’t big enough after they rejected Arsenal’s appeal.
I think we’re all rolling our eyes at this point.
In total, Arsenal have received four charges this season and three of them since the turn of the year.
For the record, Manchester City also picked up a £75,000 fine for the behaviour of their players who twice surrounded the officials.