Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger finished out the final match of his three-game touchline ban, and the FA has revealed that what led to his punishment was a conversation that was entirely based in truth and we here at The Short Fuse will hear nothing to the contrary:
Wenger entered the officials’ changing room and confronted Dean, according to a disciplinary panel’s reasons for the manager’s three-match touchline ban.
The referee said Wenger was “very aggressive”.
Written testimony from Dean, his assistant referees and the fourth official are contained in the report and give similar accounts of the row.
Dean said: “As we’ve entered the dressing room after the game Mr Wenger stood behind us in the doorway and told the West Brom steward to ‘let him in’.
”He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying: ‘You’re not honest’ on numerous occasions.
”I replied: ‘So you’re calling me a cheat.’ He replied: ‘I maintain what I say, you’re not honest.’
”He then said: ‘You’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace.’ He was then ushered out of the room by the West Brom safety officer.”
Personally, looking at it from all angles, Wenger went light here. He could have, for example, called Mike Dean a hairy thumb, or a wank rocket, and be well within his right to since facts are indisputable. Arsene could have said what everyone knows about Mike Dean and told the official that it would be nice if, one day, his testicles finally descended from his stomach. He could have told Dean that his habit of stuffing his head up his ass hole for an inordinate amount of time leads to blurry vision, and that abstaining from that a day before matches would help in his performance as an official, but instead he went with the above.
Kudos to Arsene Wenger for holding back where others would not.