Arsenal midfielder charged by FA for making offensive gesture
Jack Wilshere faces a one-game ban after being charged by the Football Association for making a gesture in the direction of Manchester City supporters on Saturday.
December 17th, 2013
Arsenal were soundly beaten 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium in an incident-packed encounter, with Wilshere and his team-mates getting frustrated during the second half of the match after being on the receiving end of some dubious refereeing decisions.
The England midfielder’s call for a corner fell on deaf ears and Wilshere responded by making a gesture which is likely to see him receive a one-game ban from the FA, with Luis Suarez having received similar punishment three years ago for a similar offence.
A statement from the FA read: “Arsenal midfield player Jack Wilshere has been charged by the FA with making an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture.
“The charge follows an alleged gesture made during the fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 14 December. The incident was not seen by match officials, but was caught on video.
“Wilshere has been charged retrospectively by the FA under a new pilot project for potential ‘not seen’ incidents in Premier League matches.
“Under the new process, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.
“For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were unanimous.
“Wilshere has until 6pm on 18 December to respond to the charge.”
Arsenal face Chelsea on Monday and are now likely to be missing one of their key players for a crunch Premier League tie.