Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

FA Hit Back at Wenger Attack

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

FA Hit Back at Wenger Attack

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Byline: By Jim van Wijk

The problems mounted for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger yesterday when Emmanuel Eboue was handed a three-match ban and he was asked to explain his latest outburst against match officials by the FA.

The Gunners boss' tirade over the fall-out from the mass brawl which marred Sunday's Carling Cup final with Chelsea has resulted in him being asked by the governing body to explain his claim "the whole system is not honest", in reference to the disciplinary procedures.

Hs comments that the assistant whom referee Howard Webb consulted before sending off Adebayor was a "liar" are not being taken lightly at Soho Square.

"Questioning the integrity of a match official and accusing them of lying is a very serious claim to make as it questions the whole integrity of the game," said an FA spokesman.

"We also reject any accusations of bias or dishonesty within our disciplinary system. We will be asking Arsene Wenger to explain these comments."

It is not the first time this season Wenger has put himself in direct conflict with the powers that be.

A date for his personal hearing into the charge of improper conduct after a confrontation with referee Steve Bennett at the Emirates Stadium in December is still not finalised.

And the Frenchman was fined pounds 10,000 and warned about his future conduct for a touchline bust-up with then West Ham manager Alan Pardew at the end of November's Premiership game at Upton Park.

This latest incident is also likely to result in a hefty fine, with the outcome of the charge already on file possibly even resulting in a touchline ban.

The immediate impact of the affair, however, is to rob Wenger of another of his first-team regulars just when the campaign is entering a crucial stage.

Right-back Eboue, 23, was found guilty of violent conduct, despite denying a charge of striking Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge during the closing moments of Sunday's final in Cardiff. …

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