Wenger ban pleasant surprise, but punishment could be more severe

Wenger ban pleasant surprise, but punishment could be more severe

    Keith Hackett has told the The Daily Telegraph he was pleasantly surprised to see Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger receive a four match ban – but believes it could have been longer.

    Wenger has been given a four-match touchline ban and £25,000 fine after accepting an FA charge of misconduct for his behaviour in last weekend’s win over Burnley in the Premier League.

    The Arsenal manager reacted angrily to the away side being awarded a 93rd-minute penalty at Emirates Stadium last Sunday. After being sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss, Wenger moved away from the pitch but stood at the tunnel entrance and refused to move as he tried to watch the remaining few minutes of Sunday’s match.

    As Anthony Taylor encouraged him to move away, Wenger was seen to push the 4th official away.

    Wenger, 67, was charged on Monday with verbally abusing and pushing fourth official Taylor after being sent off.

    Here is Keith’s column today in the Daily Telegraph.