Arsene Wenger has been handed a four-game touchline ban by the FA and been fined £25,000 for clashing with officials during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Burnley.
The Frenchman appeared to push fourth official Anthony Taylor at the end of a dramatic game which saw Burnley equalise with a late penalty before Arsenal won the game in the 98th minute of stoppage time with a spot-kick of their own.
Wenger has accepted a charge of misconduct and has now received his punishment, effective immediately meaning he will watch Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round clash from the stands.
“It was alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he [Wenger] used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official,” the FA said in a statement.
“It was further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.
“The Arsenal manager, who was also fined £25,000, admitted the charge and requested a personal hearing which took place before an Independent Regulatory Commission today [Friday 27 January 2017].”
- Arsenal vs Crystal Palace predicted line up: Patrick Vieira returns
- Arsenal ready a £25million bid for a ‘rising star’ of Dutch football
- Arsene Wener to return to dugout since leaving Arsenal in 2018
Wenger will also be absent from the touchline for the Premier League games against Watford, Chelsea and potentially Hull City.
However, if Arsenal draw with Southampton on Saturday and be forced to replay, he will serve his final match ban in that game and return at the Emirates for the fixture with the Tigers.