According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal will not be charged for the exuberant celebrations that followed Reiss Nelson’s stoppage-time winner against Bournemouth.
In his post-game report, referee Chris Kavanagh noted that a number of players and staff entered the field of play to mob the winger while manager Mikel Arteta was caught on camera racing down the touchline pumping his fists in the air.
The joyous scenes were unlike anything witnessed before at Emirates Stadium but they also technically contravened IFAB rule 1.9 which states team officials, substitutes and substituted players “must behave in a responsible manner” and “must remain within the technical area except in special circumstances”.
Within 24 hours, word filtered out that the FA were reviewing the footage and, given our recent history with them, it felt inevitable we’d receive another slap on the wrist and a further fine.
Thankfully, on this occasion, it looks like Vinai won’t have to get the chequebook out.
Given what happened was a tremendous advert for the Premier League, it would have been very petty to be charged, so we’re pleased to see common sense prevail.