UEFA have rejected Arsenal’s appeal against the two-match suspension on manager Arsene Wenger, which will begin in the Champions League group stage.
Wenger has been further punished for his original ban after the Champions League exit to Barcelona in March, after the Frenchman has been found guilty of communicating with his assistants during the play-off first leg with Udinese, which is banned under UEFA regulations. Arsenal argued that Wenger did so after gaining clearance from the governing body’s officials, however UEFA have denied these allegations and he has now been banned once more, after the ban was postponed pending the outcome of the new suspension for the second leg of the Udinese tie.
Wenger will now be suspended for Arsenal’s next two UEFA competition matches against Borussia Dortmund and Olympiacos FC on 13 and 28 September, and confined to the stands with no communication.
UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body also fined Arsenal €10,000 for improper conduct by their officials.