Wenger called referee 'not honest' and 'a disgrace' in rant

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 17, 2018 08:34 AM
Wenger called referee 'not honest' and 'a disgrace' in rant
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger arrives for the Group H Europa League soccer match between Arsenal and Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates stadium in London, Britain. The English Football Association on Friday Jan. 5, 2018, has banned Arsene Wenger from the touchline for three games after the Arsenal manager accepted he was abusive when questioning the integrity of a referee, after the 1:1 game against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, FILE)

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused a referee of being "not honest" and called him "a disgrace" in a rant inside the match officials' changing room that led to a three-match touchline ban for one of English soccer's most experienced coaches.

The English Football Association published Tuesday the written reasons behind its decision to ban Wenger for being abusive toward referee Mike Dean after Arsenal's 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Dec. 31.

In his match report given to the FA, Dean said Wenger "was pointing aggressively at me saying, 'You're not honest' on numerous occasions." Dean then said Wenger said "you've done this to us many times before, you're supposed to be professional, you're a disgrace."

Wenger had been incensed at Calum Chambers being penalized for a handball and West Brom converting the resulting penalty to equalize late in the game.

The FA said "there is simply no justification for this behavior" and considered a stadium ban for Wenger.

Wenger was also fined 40,000 pounds ($54,200) for his conduct.

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