Wenger Bags FA Charge Over Comments Made After West Brom Clash

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged by the English Football Association (FA) over the comments he made immediately after his side’s 1-1 draw against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday evening.

The Frenchman was furious after centre referee Mike Dean awarded a late penalty to the home side after Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

Wenger confronted Dean on the edge of the pitch and thereafter went into the refs’ changing room which is forbidden unless done so with permission.

He is at the risk of getting a lengthy ban after he was handed a four-game touchline ban last season after an altercation with referee Anthony Taylor last January.

Confirming the charge against Wenger, an FA statement said: “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged following the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday [31/12/17].

“It is alleged his language and/or behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the game was abusive and/or improper and/or questioned the integrity of the match referee. He has until 6pm on Friday [05/01/18] to respond.” I the statement added.