FA hands Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger three-game touchline ban

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been banned for three matches

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a touchline ban for his behaviour after last week's 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

The Arsenal boss, who will start his punishment immediately in Sunday's FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest, has also been hit with a £40,000 fine.

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 January 14.

In January past year, Wenger was given a four-match touchline ban by the FA after pushing and verbally abusing fourth official Anthony Taylor, who was also referee for this week's match against Chelsea.

Following a regulatory commission hearing, the FA said Wenger "admitted that his language and behavior in the match officials' changing room. was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee".

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was angry with referee Mike Dean
GETTY Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was angry with referee Mike Dean

Wenger, taking charge of a record 811th game, had been incensed by a contentious late penalty decision given against defender Calum Chambers for handball that cost his side all three points at The Hawthorns and was said to have angrily confronted referee Mike Dean.

Before the game against Chelsea Wenger said: "What is frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season - at Stoke, at Watford, at Manchester City, at West Brom".

But the visitors will be without their manager on the touchline following his outburst on New Years Eve in the Premier League against West Brom.

Arsenal then conceded another late penalty against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, as Eden Hazard went down following a challenge from Hector Bellerin.

"I maintain what I said in the press conference - 100 per cent", Wenger said.

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