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Arsene Wenger hit with three-match touchline ban

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a three-match touchline ban after being charged by the Football Association over a confrontation with Mike Dean following Sunday’s draw at West Brom.

Wenger was charged in relation to comments he made in the officials’ dressing room after Dean awarded West Brom a late penalty for what he adjudged to be a handball by Calum Chambers when a Kieran Gibbs cross hit him at close range.

The Frenchman will have to watch on from the stands as the Gunners travel to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, Chelsea in the EFL Cup and Bournemouth in the Premier League.

A statement from the FA read: “Arsene Wenger will serve a touchline ban for Arsenal’s next three matches after he was charged with misconduct.

“It follows an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today at which the Arsenal manager admitted that his language and behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the West Brom game on Sunday was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee. He was also fined £40,000.”

At a news conference earlier on Friday, the Arsenal boss said he served football with “honesty and integrity”.

“From what I’ve heard and seen in tunnels and dressing rooms down the years, I’m surprised and shocked to be charged,” he said.

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