Date: 29th November 2007 at 9:44pm
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Arsene Wenger has been hit with a one-match touchline ban by UEFA after the goings-on during Arsenal’s defeat to Sevilla on Tuesday.

Wenger was on the fourth official’s case for most of the 90 minutes as Sevilla stars such as Dani Alves and Jesus Navas spent more time in flight than they did playing football.

The referee and his assistants seemed not to care that the Sevilla players were diving all over the place. Naturally, this enraged Arsene Wenger, who made his feelings clear on the subject.

The referee sent the Arsenal boss to the stands as a result, but Wenger refused to budge, and spent the rest of the game standing behind the dug out.

UEFA didn’t like Wenger’s antics and have slapped him with a one match ban, which could be extended when UEFA meet on December 13th.

Wenger has also revealed that he has no clue why he was sent from his technical area: ‘No, I am not appealing against this.

‘But I think that if I was to be banned for more than one game, it would be unfair. I was surprised to be sent off.

‘I am not saying I am an angel on the touchline, but I have done much worse than what I did on Tuesday night.

‘I am like everybody, sometimes there are periods when I am nervous and explode a bit quicker, but overall I try to control it.

‘At the end of the day I know what I have done, and I know I have not done a lot.

‘It’s like if the speed limit is 60mph, sometimes you are not caught when you drive 70mph and sometimes you are caught when you drive 61. I drove 60 and a half.

‘I was surprised that I was sent off for what I said.

‘I said [to the fourth official] it was naive to give [Sevilla captain Daniel] Alves time to waste that time. I said ‘I bet with you he will sprint in two minutes’. It was less than two minutes.’


I wonder if UEFA will do anything about the play acting during the game? No? Thought not!