Arsene Wenger has, predictably, been charged by the FA over his conduct leading up to, and following, his dismissal from the touchline in yesterday's bizarre 2-1 victory over Burnley. Specifically, the FA has charged him for pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor, and for verbally abusing an official. He has until Thursday at 1:00 pm EST to respond to the charges.
There are rumors abound as to what Wenger said that led to the FA charge for verbally abusing an official, but James Olley of the Evening Standard "understands" that Arsene called Jon Moss, whom, the record should indicate is a moron, a "cheat". Wenger would not comment following the match exactly what he said to Moss that led to his sending off, but it surely had to be bad enough abuse for his dismissal. Bad enough to not punish Sean Dyche's antics and language from the touchline that was clearly audible to TV viewers worldwide, though.
How it compares to Steven Defour's abuse to Jon Moss following his awarding of a penalty in the 98th minute, however, remains to be seen:
Gabriel's reaction to Arsenal being awarded a late penalty against Burnley. Passion. pic.twitter.com/B37K0Hp3cE— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) January 22, 2017
Regardless, Wenger probably should not have stooped to Taylor's low by pushing him, and for that he's going to miss a few matches, at minimum. How many remains to be seen, but let's hope he's back in time for the suddenly-crucial match away at Chelsea on February 4th.