No charges for Wenger, Richarlison escapes dive punishment

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Despite earlier reports suggesting Arsene Wenger could face FA charges for a post-game confrontation with referee Neil Swarbrick, the Arsenal manager will not be hauled up before the authorities.

The Frenchman was unhappy with the decision to award Watford a 70th minute penalty in the 2-1 defeat on Saturday, describing the decision afterwards as scandalous.

“It is a scandalous decision,” he said. “It came at a moment in the game where it was absolutely important for Watford.

“No penalty, no goal.”

However, his discussion with the official has not made Swarbrick’s report, and he will not face the possibility of a touchline ban like last season after an incident with Anthony Taylor.

Meanwhile, the new committee set up to retrospectively punish players who dive have decided that the Richarlison dive was not a dive, and he’s been cleared of simulation and will avoid a potential ban.

Which is nice for him, the diver.

For more on Watford, Wenger, Kroenke, Gazidis and more – check out today’s Arsecast Extra

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