Arsene Wenger will only be fined for his comments after the 2-2 draw with Chelsea, according to the Telegraph.

Wenger still has to respond to the FA following his comments about the standard of refereeing in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

He claimed that it was “no coincidence” that Arsenal had a penalty given against them.

The FA have asked him to explain those comments and he has until Tuesday to respond.

According to the Telegraph, a fine will be the most severe punishment he receives for what he said.

Wenger has already received a three-game touchline ban and a £40,000 fine for abusive language and behaviour towards Mike Dean after he “admitted that his language and behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee.”.

The incident occurred after Dean gave West Brom a late penalty in the 1-1 draw between the sides last weekend, a decision that was universally acknowledged as wrong and which robbed Arsenal of two points.

The ban means that Wenger won’t be on the touchline for the games against Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Bournemouth, all away.

Wenger has been very open about his thoughts on refereeing this season.

After the 3-1 loss to Manchester City in November, Wenger commented that the standard had dropped.

He questioned that again after the West Brom draw, saying: “I’m angry because we have seen the same things again. I did fight very hard for the referees to become professional many years ago and they did a good job to allow them to be professional.

“But I see no improvement.

“There are two countries in Europe where you have professional referees, in Italy and in England, and not one English referee will go to the World Cup.
“But everything is all right.
“We cannot say a word against it because they’re untouchable.
“That is the truth. It’s not only me that judges them.”
As he’ll be in the stands for a little while, Wenger will now have a better view of all the dodgy decisions that go against his team.

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