Jack Wilshere is facing a two-game ban from the FA for his gesture to Manchester City fans last weekend.
The club are still considering their options in the wake of the charge but the newly formed disciplinary panel at the FA are keen to crack down on offensive behaviour and gestures.
Therefore, they’re suggesting Wilshere will face a ban twice as long as Luis Suarez received for making the same one-fingered salute to Fulham fans in November 2011.
Under the new system, the panel can look at incidents that the referee has missed, but seem to be taking an arbitrary approach to what gets a second look.
While Wilshere can have no excuses for his behaviour – it’s right there on video after all – people may be wondering why Yaya Toure’s challenge on Olivier Giroud isn’t worth another look.
The new approach to reviewing incidents not seen by the officials is certainly welcome, but perhaps there needs to be a way for indiscretions to be brought to the panel’s attention. A citing system as in rugby, perhaps.
A decision is expected on the Wilshere charge later tonight or early tomorrow, but at this point he look set to miss both the Chelsea and West Ham games.