The Football Association are investigating Arsenal’s celebrations after Reiss Nelson scored a late winner against Bournemouth in their recent Premier League match.
Arsenal’s coaching staff and substitutes poured onto the pitch to celebrate Nelson’s 97th-minute strike, prompting the referee Chris Kavanagh to report the celebrations to the FA, according to Football.london.
It is unclear if Arsenal will face any sanction for their actions, but it seems likely (see below).
After the game, reporters deemed asking the managers about the numerous VAR calls that had gone against Arsenal as ‘incredibly boring’ but tried to get Gary O’Neil to criticise Arsenal’s celebrations.
Arsenal have already been charged four times by the FA this season and reports they are preparing to imprison the entire playing squad should Arsenal win the Premier League this season could neither be confirmed nor denied at the time of writing.
It’s worth nothing that in 2018, Jurgen Klopp was fined £8,000 by the FA for admitting to misconduct charges after running onto the pitch to celebrate Divock Origi’s late winner during the Merseyside Derby.
You can therefore expect Arsenal’s fine to be multiples of that.
What are the rules around celebrating?
The Football Association (FA) has rules and guidelines around celebrating in football matches.
The IFAB Laws of the Game state that those in the technical area “must behave in a responsible manner” and “must remain within its confines except in special circumstances, e.g. a physiotherapist/doctor entering the field of play, with the referee’s permission, to assess an injured player.”
The rules aim to maintain the integrity of the match and ensure the safety of all participants, including players, coaches, officials, and fans.
Any breach of the rules may result in disciplinary action or sanctions from the FA.