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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger facing FA ban after verbal war with Mike Dean

ARSENE WENGER is on a collision course with the FA after he stepped up his war with ref Mike Dean.


Arsene Wenger is facing a lengthy ban

On an astonishing day, the Frenchman first blasted Dean, saying “he saw what he wanted to see” when he awarded West Brom a late penalty for handball on Sunday.

Wenger then continued his assault on the 49-year-old official, claiming his style of refereeing was like something from the “Dark Ages”.

His amazing attacks came BEFORE he was charged by the FA for comments made to Dean and match officials in their room after the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns.

He has until Friday to respond. The FA confirmed they will be reviewing the outbursts from Wenger which came as he gave his media briefings ahead of Chelsea’s visit to The Emirates tonight.

In a further twist, the ref for tonight’s Premier League showdown is Anthony Taylor, who Wenger abused and shoved when he was fourth official at Burnley in January of last year - earning a four-game touchline ban.

“He sees what he wants to see”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

The commission investigating Wenger will take his previous offences into account - as it was within a year of the new charge - when they meet, probably by the end of next week.

This suggests the 68-year-old is likely to be hit with a lengthy ban.

It is also understood the FA are ready to publish exact details of Wenger’s verbal assault on Dean.

In his fresh attack on Dean, who ruled Calum Chambers had deliberately handled at the Hawthorns, Wenger said of refs: “They have not to be the star.

“We want them to respect the game and make the right decision and the ego should not interfere in that.

“It’s not [appropriate] any more, in 2018, that the guy calls a player, speaks half a minute, or a minute to him, to say, ‘Look, you have to behave properly’.

“That is gone. That is not the rhythm of a modern society. People want crisp, sharp action, and the referee has to make sure that happens.

“This is (not) the 1950s, where the guy talks to him (and says), ‘If you’re not nice, I might punish you’.


Arsene Wenger has intensified his war of words with Mike Dean

“What does it help for the game? Nothing. Nothing happens. People who sit in the stand don’t want to see that.

“They want to see, ‘Come on, let’s get on with it and play’. That’s our responsibility. We don’t live in the Dark Ages.”

Jay Rodriguez converted the penalty on Sunday and continuing his blast Wenger said: “This one is a bit of a farce, seriously.

“Because you do not give in the last minute of a game a penalty like that. When you see how he (Dean) shows his arm it is nothing to do with what happened. So he sees what he wants to see.”

Wenger also confirmed Dean had told him to “keep quiet” when he confronted him after the final whistle.

Of his confrontation with Taylor, who was fourth official when ref Jon Moss awarded Burnley a late-spot-kick, Wenger said: “I don’t want to make a story out of Anthony Taylor to put pressure on him.

“But what happened at the time, I stood up and I’m experienced to look at myself.”

He also claimed his team had been the victims of other bad penalty decisions at Stoke, Watford and Manchester City, adding: “It’s unbelievable what happened this season. That is a concerning coincidence for me.”