Arsene Wenger reacts to a referee's decision.
Arsene Wenger reacts to a referee's decision. Dave Thompson

Arsenal boss branded referee a 'disgrace'

FOOTBALL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused referee Mike Dean of dishonesty and branded him a "disgrace” after the Gunners' controversial draw against West Bromwich Albion.

A fired-up Wenger confronted Dean after West Brom were awarded a late penalty during the sides' Premier League match on December 31. The match ended in a 1-1 draw after the hosts converted the spot-kick.

Wenger's outburst earned him a $69,000 fine and the independent disciplinary panel slapped him with a three-match touchline ban for misconduct.

Wenger served the final match of the ban in Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth but details of the confrontation have now been revealed in an official Football Association report released yesterday.

Arsene Wenger, centre, watches on from the stands.
Arsene Wenger, centre, watches on from the stands. Alastair Grant

The FA reports includes testimony from Dean who said Wenger had confronted the officials in their changerooms after the game.

"He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying, 'you're not honest' on numerous occasions,” Dean said.

"He then said, 'you've done this to us many times before, you're supposed to be professional, you're a disgrace'.”

Arsene Wenger, centre right, confronts a referee.
Arsene Wenger, centre right, confronts a referee. Mike Egerton

The testimonies of the assistant referees and the fourth official supported Dean's account of the confrontation.

The FA said Wenger admitted his "language and behaviour was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity” of Dean.

The Frenchman received a four-match ban for misconduct last January for pushing the fourth official after Arsenal's 2-1 win against Burnley.


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