Arsène Wenger could be punished after confronting referee Neil Swarbrick following Arsenal’s defeat to Watford on Saturday.
Swarbrick awarded a controversial penalty to Watford, suggesting Bellerín fouled Richarlison in the box, even though replays showed there was little contact between the players.
Now the Standard are reporting that Wenger could be in for retrospective punishment, after he followed Swarbrick down the tunnel and into the referees’ room, where a heated exchange was apparently heard by those outside.
I don’t believe Wenger could be punished for following the referee and going into the room, but if he said something he shouldn’t have then it’s a different matter. The referee’s report on what happened will determine whether any further action is taken.
The Arsenal boss received a four-match ban last season after he was accused of using “abusive and/or insulting words” towards Anthony Taylor, and allegedly called Jon Moss a cheat, although he denied that charge.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Arsenal boss has got in trouble for something he’s said to the officials. In my opinion, Wenger was right to be angry, as the decision wasn’t just incorrect, it came at a crucial point that changed the game.
Not to mention the offside in the build-up to the second goal, although that one is on the assistant. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.