Arsenal manager Wenger banned from touchline for four games

The English Football Association has banned Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger from the touchline for four matches after an altercation with a match official.

Wenger escaped a stadium ban for shoving fourth official Anthony Taylor in the tunnel area at Emirates Stadium on Sunday during Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Burnley in the Premier League.

The FA says Wenger "used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official,'' when he was sent off by the referee.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger clashes with fourth official Anthony Taylor before being sent to the stands.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger clashes with fourth official Anthony Taylor before being sent to the stands.

The FA added 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.''

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Referee Jonathan Moss orders Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal to leave from the touchline during the Premier League ...
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Referee Jonathan Moss orders Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal to leave from the touchline during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger was also fined 25,000 pounds (NZ$43,217) after admitting to the charge.

The touchline ban starts Saturday when Arsenal plays Southampton in the FA Cup.

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 - AP

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