The FA have announced that Mikel Arteta is to be charged for the comments he made in his post-game press conference following the Gunners 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on November 4th.
The Arsenal boss was incandescent over the fact that Anthony Gordon’s goal was allowed to stand, saying, “We have to talk about the result because we have to talk about how the hell this goal stands. It’s incredible.
“I feel embarrassed but I have to be the one now coming here to try to defend the club and please ask for help because it’s an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. It’s an absolute disgrace.
“For more than one reason at least, it’s not a goal. And it’s too much a stake here. We put so much effort in.
“It’s so difficult to compete at this level. And it’s an absolute disgrace. Again, I feel embarrassed. I’ve been more than 20 years in this country and this is nowhere near the level to describe this as the best league in the world. I am sorry.”
In a statement, the The FA said:
Regulation and Discipline update: Mikel Arteta has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1 following comments that he made in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday 4 November.
It’s alleged that his comments constitute misconduct as they are insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or bring the game into disrepute. Mikel Arteta has until Tuesday 21 November to provide a response to this charge.
When you read back what he said, he spoke quite specifically about the incident. He didn’t, for example, say publicly that he didn’t like 80% of referees – but we’ve heard very little about that for some reason.
Anyway, let’s see how it all plays out. An FA/PGMOL stitch-up wouldn’t be at all surprising.