Wenger charged by FA for behavior in ref’s locker room

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Arsene Wenger has been charged by the English Football Association for his alleged misconduct in the referee’s locker room following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion, the FA announced on Tuesday.

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Aggrieved that referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty kick for a questionable handball late in the game, Wenger’s post-game comments were highly critical, saying when asked if Dean had offered an explanation of his decision, “No, he saw what he wanted to see and we have to deal with that.”

“It is alleged his language and/or behavior in the match officials’ changing room after the game was abusive and/or improper and/or questioned the integrity of the match referee. He has until 6 p.m. on Friday to respond.”

Wenger faces his second suspension in a year after he was banned for four games last January, when he was sent off and pushed a referee in the tunnel. The FA will take that into account in making a decision on potential disciplinary action.