Wenger confronted the officials on the sideline following the final whistle after his side had received 21 fouls against them, an area that Milan had used to their advantage to slow the game down. It was also reported that the Frenchman confronted the Slovenian referee Damir Skomina in the tunnel.
If he does indeed receive a ban it will be Wenger’s third UEFA charge in the past year. He acquired his first ban following last years Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona after his comments regarding the officials which led to a two match ban. Then during his suspension in the qualifying first leg against Udinese, he was then accused of communicating through a coach to the players and felt the wrath of UEFA once again.
ESPNSoccernet reported that a UEFA spokesman confirmed an investigation is pending:
A disciplinary case has been opened for improper conduct.
Wenger blasted the official’s in his post-match conference which is not a smart move for a man that is walking on thin ice with UEFA
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I was not happy with the referee tonight because I felt he gave many free-kicks in the middle of the park. Every time they went down a free-kick was given for them, and they sensed that very quickly and they used it very well.
[On the San Siro pitch conditions] It is maybe an easy excuse, but I feel UEFA has a lot to answer for because if you arrive at 7.46pm you get fined, but you can play on a bad pitch and they don’t say a word.
I just feel it is part of the respect for people who pay their money and go to a football game and expect conditions where you can play football. That’s what we try to do here and it is unacceptable for UEFA to accept pitches like the one in Milan.
If Wenger is indeed found guilty then he will be restricted to the stands once again for Arsenal’s next European match/es which are quite likely to be the qualification legs once again in the Champions League or the first Europa league fixtures.
He certainly has a case with the referee slowing down the game too much with Milan falling over every time any Arsenal player came within a one meter radius of the daisy legs, but Wenger will never get anything out of having a rant at the referee. Perhaps he should just learn from his past mistakes and keep his mouth shut? The last thing the Gunners need is no managerial advice in a tough qualifying fixture next season.
At least the ban will not affect the domestic league in the Gunners quest for fourth place, and now they have almost a weeks rest until Monday’s home fixture to Newcastle. If they perform anywhere near the level they did on Tuesday night then the league fixture will be a breeze. They just need to be as fired up and as clinical as they were against Milan then a Champions League spot is well within Arsenal’s grasp.