Arsenal’s Arteta charged by FA over referee criticism

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group B - Arsenal v Sevilla - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - November 8, 2023 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before the match REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo

On Thursday, the Football Association (FA), the governing body of English soccer, said that the FA had punished Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for making derogatory statements toward match referees.

Arteta stated that it was an embarrassment and a disgrace that the goal scored by Anthony Gordon during Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United on November 4 was all over after a triple VAR review. The goal was allowed to stand, even though it should have been disallowed.

“Mikel Arteta has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1 following comments that he made in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday, November 4,” the FA said in a statement.

“It’s alleged that his comments constitute misconduct as they are insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

The deadline for Arteta to respond to the accusation has been extended to November 21.

The FA’s recent charges against Mikel Arteta underscore the importance of maintaining decorum and respectful conduct within professional football. This incident is a significant reminder of managers’ and coaches’ accountability in their interactions with match officials and public statements.

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