Despite challenging the decision to suspend him for two matches, Jack Wilshere has been banned for the Gunners next two matches.
Arsenal had hoped that the precedent set by banning Luis Suarez for one game for the same gesture to Fulham fans in November 2011 would work in their favour, but the new FA Disciplinary Panel are keen to crack down on this kind of behaviour and have doubled the punishment.
Of course they’re not that keen on cracking down on things like nasty challenges that seriously injure players, or high profile England internationals telling referees to “F*CK OFF” repeatedly, but it’s an odd world we live in.
We can only assume that this is now the baseline for this kind of offence going forward and other players will receive the same ban if they transgress in a similar fashion.
Wilshere now misses Monday’s clash with Chelsea and the trip to West Ham on December 26th.