Saturday 23 February 2019

Forest taunt Wenger over ban

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsenal’s FA Cup opponents Nottingham Forest have wasted little time in taunting Arsene Wenger over his touchline ban.

The Gunners boss will watch tomorrow’s third-round tie at the City Ground from the stands as he serves the first of a three-game suspension.

Forest said on Twitter: “Mr Wenger, if you’d like to upgrade your stand ticket to a hospitality package then you can do so by following this link. #NFFC.”

The link provided Wenger with a list of the hospitality packages on offer for the match, ranging from £95 to £1,500.

Wenger’s wallet was also hit by the FA misconduct charge, though, in the form of a £40,000 fine.

Forest themselves will be without a permanent manager in either the dugout or the stands.

Gary Brazil is in caretaker charge following the sacking of Mark Warburton.

Nevertheless, Wenger stands by the controversial comments he made over the refereeing of Arsenal’s matches against West Brom and Chelsea.

On top of his three-game ban for his action after the West Brom game, the English Football Association has asked Wenger to provide his observations on what he said about penalty decisions which went against the Gunners in those games over the festive period.

Wenger insists he “doesn’t know” if he will contest the charge, but is “shocked” that it has been brought against him at all.

“I maintain what I said in the press conference (after the Chelsea game) - 100 per cent. I have nothing to change in that,” the Frenchman said.

“I’ve been in England for 21 years and I try to serve this game with honesty and integrity and when I have something to say I will say it. On that front, nothing will change, never.

“You imagine that I’ve been in the game for 21 years. What I’ve seen and heard in the corridors from people, you might understand that I’m surprised and shocked at having been charged.”

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