Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was sent to the stands in the 2-1 win over Burnley after labeling referee John Moss a ‘cheat’, according to reports.
Wenger, who was ordered to leave the touch-line by Moss, was being ushered down the tunnel by fourth official Taylor when the Arsenal manager reacted angrily and has now been charged by the FA for his actions.
A steward came between Wenger and Taylor as the Frenchman appeared to get physical after refusing to leave the tunnel in the dying moments of the Premier League clash at the Emirates stadium.
It has now emerged that Moss showed the Frenchman a red card after he branded the referee a ‘cheat’ following the decision to award Burnley a 93rd minute penalty, according to the Evening Standard.
Official statement by the FA
Arsene Wenger has been charged for misconduct following Arsenal’s game against Burnley on Sunday [22 January 2017].
It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official. It is 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.
He has until 6pm on 26 January 2017 to respond to the charge.
Following the altercation, Wenger apologised for his unacceptable behaviour in a post-match press conference but that isn’t expected be enough to avoid a touch-line ban.
‘I didn’t see any penalty from outside but I should have shut up and I apologise, even if I was frustrated,’ Wenger said after the match.