FA Asks Wenger To Interpret Refree’s Comment

January 4, 2018

The Football Association on Thursday asked Arsene Wenger to clarify remarks about penalties given against his side made before and after Arsenal’s Premier League game with Chelsea.

Wenger complained about two spot-kick decisions given against the Gunners, the first awarded to West Brom on Sunday and the second given to Chelsea on Wednesday. Both matches ended as draws and Wenger now has until 1800 GMT on Tuesday to respond. Wenger has said he intends to appeal a separate FA charge relating to his behaviour after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with West Brom, when Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was penalised by Mike Dean for a handball. Arsenal conceded another late penalty against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, as Eden Hazard went down following a challenge from Hector Bellerin. The game finished 2-2. Wenger said before the game against Chelsea: “I must say what is more frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season — at Stoke, at Watford, at Manchester City, at West Brom. That is a concerning coincidence for me.” On Dean’s decision to penalise Chambers, Wenger added: “He saw what he wanted to see and we have to deal with that.” After the draw against Chelsea, Wenger said: “When opinions always go the same way it’s coincidence. Statistically it’s built on the fact that when it’s repeated it’s not coincidence.” Arsenal have conceded four penalties in the Premier League this season — no team have conceded more — and against West Brom and Chelsea both came after they had taken the lead. In January last 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. Arsenal’s next game is away to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

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  • Reply Amber Myers January 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I admit I don’t know a lot about sports. To me it’s a bunch of men in odd clothing getting paid ridiculous amounts of money for playing a game.

  • Reply Rebecca Sanchez January 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Great timing – we were just talking about football and the challenges going on. I love the piece about statistics, it’s very logical and practical. Interesting piece!

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh January 5, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I had to do a lot of googling while reading this. I had no idea who this person was nor what anything else was. So I totally learned something this morning while drinking my coffee!

  • Reply Sarah Bailey January 5, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I have to admit I don’t follow football that much but seems like the FA are at least trying to be on top of all that happens on the field.

  • Reply Angela Thiede January 5, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    I must admit that when I first started reading this post, I was very confused. I’m American, so football means something totally different to me. I just assumed the Football Association was some Canadian (American) football organization.

    It wasn’t until the score listed as 1-1 draw that I realized I was a dumb American and started the post over again with the understanding that I was reading about soccer.

    I had to look up a few things. You have taught me quite a bit today about the FA. I didn’t even know they existed until this morning and now that’s not the case.

    Either way, I feel like the FA is trying to do their job. I don’t know how well they have handled situations in the past, but it seems they’re trying to do their part.

  • Reply Leo T. Ly January 5, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Ther are politics everywhere. I guess this is something Wenger has to do to defend his actions. I must say that I enjoy watching the sport more than following the politics of the sport.

  • Reply Andrea January 6, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    My brother was mentioning this to me the other day and I was a little lost, well now I can go back and tell him what I learned from this article.

  • Reply Caitlin January 6, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I was introduced to football when I started working in the UK – I cannot believe how passionate all the fans are! It’s really something to watch.

  • Reply Patricia-Ann Que January 6, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    not much into this type of sports but im sure this is interesting to those into it!

  • Reply Fely January 6, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Hope they get to the bottom of it. Glad the FA is looking more deep into the matter by asking for clarification.

  • Reply Prajakta H January 7, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I am not a sports person, but I do admit that football is full of challenges. In fact all kinds of sports are challenging.
    Keep the good work coming in.


  • Reply Jenny January 7, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Hmm. I wish I could say I knew a lot about Football, or I guess as I know it, Soccer. I’ve watched many a match, but I just can’t wrap my head around it.

  • Reply Kim January 7, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Wow… what a conflict! The next game should be pretty interesting!

  • Reply Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness January 7, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    While Canadians aren’t really big on football, I found this very interesting. Learned something new today!

  • Reply Amber S. January 8, 2018 at 2:14 am

    I don’t really follow sports, but I showed this to my hubby, and he knew what it was referring
    to. Interesting read!

  • Reply Claudia Krusch January 8, 2018 at 3:53 am

    It sounds like it would be a stressful job. I will have to share this with my Husband. He is a football fan.

  • Reply David Elliott January 8, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I don’t know enough about football to make an assessment. What I do know is that it sucks when it feels like the officiating is against you and they seem to only catch your infractions and let ones by the other side go by. I have had my share of heartache for sure.

  • Reply Kiwi January 8, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Im another one who isnt familiar with sports and this issue. Thanks for shedding light and glad it is getting resolved.

  • Reply Emmanuel Damian January 8, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Sports is really one of my passions. Thanks for sharing. I’ll share this to my friends.

  • Reply Sauumye Chauhan January 8, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I’m pretty sure the next game would be amazing!! I don’t follow football but my brother does and he did mention something about it!!

  • Reply Suzanne Spiegoski January 9, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Not much of a football gal. Will have to share this article w/ the guys.

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