Wenger Handed Four-Match Touchline Ban/Photo: Reuters
Wenger Handed Four-Match Touchline Ban/Photo: Reuters

By Concise News Correspondents 

The English Football Association have handed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a four-match touchline ban and £25,000 fine after accepting a charge of misconduct.

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The 67-year-old was charged with verbally insulting and shoving fourth official Anthony Taylor after being sent off in the 2-1 win over Burnley.

His ban takes immediate effect with Saturday’s FA Cup game at Southampton.

And if that tie needs a replay, the Frenchman will be eligible for the Premier League clash against Hull on 11 February.

But if the encounter is decided, the Hull game will be the fourth and final one for which the Arsenal boss is banned, following Premier League games against Watford and Chelsea.

Wenger was furious over a 93rd-minute penalty awarded to Burnley at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, when they scored to level at 1-1.

After being sent off, Wenger moved away from the pitch but discontinued his movement at the tunnel entrance, as he obviously wanted to watch the remaining few minutes of the game.

As the fourth official, Taylor, advised him to move away, Wenger pushed him.

Arsenal were then given a penalty of their own, which was converted by Alexis Sanchez.

And when he was asked what he felt about his dismissal, the Frenchman said: “Look, it was nothing bad. I said something that you hear every day in football. Overall, nine times out of 10, you are not sent to the stand for that.”

“But if I am, I am, and I should have shut up completely. I was quite calm for the whole game, more than usual,” Wenger added.