Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Alastair Grant

Arsenal boss charged for pushing official

AN apology from Arsene Wenger has not been enough for the Arsenal manager to avoid a misconduct charge from the England FA.

Wenger was sent from his technical area during the weekend's 2-1 win over Burnley after he allegedly verbally abused and then pushed the fourth official.

The Arsenal boss was angered at the decision to award a stoppage-time penalty to Burnley, leading to his dismissal from the technical area, before he then pushed fourth official Anthony Taylor as he tried to watch the end of the game from the tunnel.

Burnley's penalty squared the match but an Alexis Sanchez goal in the final seconds rescued a 2-1 win for the Gunners.

After the incident, Wenger said: "I regret everything. I should have shut up, gone in and go home. I apologise for that.”

But the FA has still slapped him with a misconduct charge.

"Arsene Wenger has been charged for misconduct following Arsenal's game against Burnley,” an FA statement said.

"It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official.

"It is further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.”

He has until Friday morning (AEST) ro respond to the charge.