Arsene Wenger handed touchline ban after furious rant

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Arsene Wenger was handed a three-game touchline ban for his furious rant at officials following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Eve.

Wenger, 68, was seen remonstrating with referee Mike Dean on the sidelines of the game after the referee awarded West Brom a late penalty kick, which Jay Rodriguez scored, for a harsh handball decision against Callum Chambers in the box.

The FA misconduct charge relates to Wenger’s behavior in the referee’s changing room after Sunday’s game against West Brom.

Since then Wenger has also complained about what he called a “farcical decision” to give Chelsea’s Eden Hazard a penalty kick in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with their London rivals on Wednesday.

The French manager seems to believe that the officials have it in for his team right now.

Wenger will miss Arsenal’s FA Cup clash at Nottingham Forest this Sunday, plus their League Cup semifinal first leg at Chelsea next Wednesday and the Premier League clash at Bournemouth on Jan. 14.

In a statement the FA said that Wenger admitted “his language and behavior was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee.”