Wenger accepts charge: “Big enough” to admit wrong

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Arsene Wenger admits he was wrong, though he hopes to explain himself.

The Arsenal manager was filmed having a physical confrontation with officials in the tunnel after being sent off the bench during the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Burnley over the weekend.

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Wenger, 67, says he will accept a misconduct charge from the Football Association, but hopes to discuss the issue with them. And to be fair, touch line incidents with officials aren’t exactly commonplace for him.

From the BBC:

“When I don’t behave like I think I should behave, I am big enough to say I am not right. I’m a passionate guy and I believe that I am completely committed in my job and want to win football games.”

Wenger says he is not sure how he’ll be punished, though the BBC points to the two-match ban and accompanying $25,000 fine given to Alan Pardew for shoving an assistant referee.

Arsenal is on the road for an FA Cup match at Southampton on Saturday before hosting Watford in a Premier League match on Tuesday.