The highlight of Arsenal’s dramatic win over Burnley was not the late winner but Arsene Wenger’s exasperation and reaction to his sending off.
Arsene Wenger should receive a minimum six-game ban and must be barred from speaking to his Arsenal players once inside the stadium, according to the former head of Premier League referees Keith Hackett.
The Frenchman faces a charge from the Football Association after he pushed Anthony Taylor, the fourth official, during the closing stages of Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Burnley.
Wenger was initially sent from the touchline after complaining about the penalty which led to Burnley’s equaliser but the Arsenal manager stood in the tunnel during his altercation with Taylor.
‘What I would like to see as an absolute minimum is a six-game ban – but a far more severe punishment than simply being banished from the touchline,’ Hackett told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Instead, I would like to see Wenger barred from any contact with his team once inside the stadium. Uefa regularly impose this sanction and I feel it has far more impact than a manager simply being unable to stand in the technical area.
‘Under the Uefa regulations you sit alongside a delegate and can have no contact once the players are off the team coach. You are powerless from that moment on. Managers hate it, but it acts as an effective deterrent.’