Arsene Wenger has been charged by the FA over his conduct in the referees changing room after Arsenal’s 1:1 draw away to West Brom at the Hawthorns.
The Frenchman was displeased with Mike Dean after he awarded the Baggies a late penalty for a handball by Calum Chambers to enable them to snatch a point from Arsenal after Jay Rodriguez converted the spot kick.
Wenger has been given a deadline of 6 pm on Friday to respond to the charge.
An FA statement read: “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged following the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday.
“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.”
According to FA rules, a handball must be a deliberate act. The distance between the opponent and the ball should also be taken into consideration. Wenger who felt his player’s action was not deliberate, expressed his disappointment:
“It was very disappointing,” Wenger said on Tuesday, before the FA’s charge had been made.
“What is more frustrating for me is it happened many times this season – at Stoke, Watford, Man City, now West Brom.
“It is a concerning coincidence for me. That is why as well I was not at all happy with the movement the referee made as to why he gave the penalty. It did not correspond at all with what happened.
“On that front it’s a bit worrying. He saw what he wanted to see.”