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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said fourth official Anthony Taylor to “f*** off” twice on the touchline before being sent off in the game against Burnley last month.
The 67-year old was subsequently awarded a four-game ban much to the anger of the Gunners and their fans. Wenger had become incense during the game against Burnley as the referee awarded a penalty to the away team in the injury time.
After his spat with the official, he was sent off and the Gunners have managed to win the game courtesy of a Panenka kick by Alexis Sanchez in the dying moments of the game.
The details regarding the ban were released by FA and the fourth official Anthony Taylor also gave his account into the incident before the decision was made.
‘Following the award of a penalty kick against his team in approx. 92nd min, Mr Wenger left his technical area to confront me in disagreement with the decision. Before he said anything I said: “Think carefully before you say anything.”
‘He responded by saying “you are dishonest to your federation.” I considered this to be questioning both mine and the referee, Jon Moss’s integrity and impartiality. I stated to Mr. Wenger that such a comment was not acceptable and he told me to “f*** off” on two separate occasions.
The club have lost their form in the subsequent weeks with the absence of the experience of Wenger on the touchline as they lost terribly to Watford and Chelsea to completely move away from title charge and they are now yet again looking for a top four finish in the league to get back to the Champions League.
The manager was awarded a four-game ban after the Burnley game and has not managed the team yet in the Premier League. However, the Gunners fell at Allianz Arena in a Bayern Munich rout that saw them suffer a massive 5-1 defeat.
Arsene Wenger was also fined an additional £25,000 apart from the four-game suspension he received from FA.