The Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere needs to grow up a bit.
That comment was made after the 21-year-old admitted a Football Association misconduct charge for raising his middle finger to Manchester City fans in last weekend’s 6-3 loss.
Wilshere accepted The FA charge of misconduct for the incident but has appealed the awaiting two game ban, claiming it was excessive.
Arsenal’s argument is based on the fact that Wilshere stands to miss two important matches, rather than just one. For mitigation purposes, Arsenal argue that in 2011 Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was handed a single match ban for the same offense committed in a match against Fulham.
The club’s precedent argument weakens, however, when considering The FA handed Blackpool’s Tom Ince a two match ban last August after making the same gesture to a referee in a Capital One Cup tie at Preston North End.
Dyke isn’t concerned with Wilshere’s ban length so much as he is the England international’s maturity.
“As a supporter I sympathize with the players because of the flak they get from the crowd,” Dyke told talkSPORT. “People can lose their cool very quickly but he [Wilshere] has got to learn. He’s very well paid to play the game and he’s got to learn to cope with it.
“You think back over many years of players who were hot-headed when they were younger but not when they get older. They just learn and mature. That’s what happens. It’s part of life.”
Assuming the two match ban is upheld over appeal, Wilshere will miss upcoming matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham United on Boxing Day.
The Chelsea match will go a long way towards determining who will be top of the table come the New Year. A Liverpool victory over Cardiff City on Saturday will put them in first place on 36 points, one point clear of Arsenal and three points above Chelsea going into Monday evening’s London derby.