Third UEFA ban is looming for Wenger after alleged F-word rant at referee
21:30 GMT, 28 March 2012
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will find out on Thursday if he is to serve a third UEFA touchline ban in 12 months after his alleged F-word rant towards a referee.
The Gunners manager was charged with improper conduct after his side’s Champions League exit to AC Milan earlier this month.
Wenger’s case is due to be heard by UEFA’s disciplinary panel in Nyon, although the Frenchman is expected to stay in England to prepare for Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers.
Fury: Arsene Wenger is alleged to have ranted at referee Damir Skomina
The Arsenal boss was fuming after the 3-0 home win over AC Milan, which almost wiped out a 4-0 loss from the first leg at the San Siro.
Wenger, who criticised referee Damir Skomina and UEFA at the post-match press conference, confronted the official in the Emirates Stadium tunnel and is alleged to have called him a ‘f****** disgrace’.
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Wenger was handed a one-match touchline ban last year for his rant at referee Massimo Busacca after Arsenal’s Champions League exit to Barcelona.
He was then banned for two more games for contravening the initial ban during August’s Champions League qualifier against Udinese after communicating with coach Boro Primorac from the stands.