The 2-0 win over Sutton United in the FA Cup last night was the first time Arsene Wenger had been on the Arsenal bench for a domestic game since he was sent off at the end of the frantic 2-1 win over Burnley in January.
The Arsenal manager received a four match ban and a £25,000 fine after being dismissed by referee Jon Moss on the advice of 4th official Anthony Taylor.
The FA have today released the full written reasons from the incident, and Taylor explains in his version of events what he claims to have transpired.
“Following the award of a penalty kick against his team in approx. 92nd min, Mr Wenger left his technical area to confront me in disagreement at the decision,” wrote the officious official.
“Before he said anything I said: ‘Think carefully before you say anything.’
“He responded by saying ‘you are dishonest to your federation.’ I considered this to be questioning both mine and the referee, Jon Moss’s integrity and impartiality.
“I stated to Mr. Wenger that such a comment was not acceptable and he told me to ‘f*ck off’ on two separate occasions.”
Wenger was also accused of pushing or shoving the referee, but having reviewed the footage the FA considered it ‘non violent’.
However, they went on to say, “Nevertheless, all officials ought to be able to do their jobs without fear of being manhandled and the Commission determined that the sanction attached to the charges levied against Mr Wenger should reflect this.”
So, what we can gather from this is that Anthony Taylor is a bad grass and Arsene Wenger only told him the exact same thing any of us would.
It’ll be ‘interesting’ the next time he referees us, just you wait and see. Also, ‘you are dishonest to your federation’, give me a break.