Leaked! What Wenger really said to fourth official Taylor

Following an altercation between Arsene Wenger and a fourth official, the French tactician was served a match ban.

Arsene Wenger told fourth official Anthony Taylor to ‘f*** off’ twice amid the incident that saw the Arsenal manager banned from the touchline.

Wenger became incensed during the Gunners’ Premier League meeting with Burnley last month, which led to him launching a tirade at the match officials and pushing Taylor after being sent to the stands.

The FA came down hard on the 67-year-old Frenchman, issuing him with a four-game touchline ban.

The full written reasons for the ban have been released, in which Taylor gave his account.

‘Following the award of a penalty kick against his team in approx. 92nd min, Mr Wenger left his technical area to confront me in disagreement at the decision. Before he said anything I said: “Think carefully before you say anything.”

‘He responded by saying “you are dishonest to your federation.” I considered this to be questioning both mine and the referee, Jon Moss’s integrity and impartiality. I stated to Mr. Wenger that such a comment was not acceptable and he told me to “f*** off” on two separate occasions.’

Wenger, who was apologetic after the incident, was fined £25,000 in addition to his touchline ban.


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