LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
and midfielder Samir Nasri are to face disciplinary proceedings
following comments made to the referee following their club's
Champions League defeat by Barcelona, UEFA said on Wednesday.
Arsenal lost the last-16 second-leg match 3-1 to go out 4-3
on aggregate and Wenger was furious at a second yellow card
shown to striker Robin van Persie in the 56th minute for kicking
the ball after the whistle sounded for an offside decision.
GEAR: Up to £15 off Champions League kits through Kitbag. Free delivery on orders over £50
At that stage the score was 1-1 at the Nou Camp, with
Arsenal 3-2 ahead on aggregate.
Wenger remonstrated with Swiss referee Massimo Busacca after
the match, following him down the tunnel to continue speaking.
Van Persie claimed he had not heard the referee's whistle
before blasting the ball wide. Wenger told a news conference the
decision was "embarrassing" and said UEFA representatives at the
game had been shocked by the decision.
Nasri has also been charged with improper conduct for his
comments to the referee after the match, while Van Persie could
also be in trouble after describing the decision as a joke,
saying that Busacca had "been bad all evening."
Wenger was given a one-match ban for improper conduct in
2007 for showing dissent against a referee's decision in a
Champions League match.
Wenger and Nasri will have their cases heard by the UEFA
Control and Disciplinary Body on March 17.
NEWS: Fabregas takes blame for defeat
NEWS: Van Persie labels dismissal a joke
NEWS: Messi goals eliminate Gunners again
Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho will part company at the end of the current season
Manchester City midfielder called up to the England squad for summer friendlies
Spurs miss out on Champions League again despite highest Premier League points tally
Champions closer to matching Real Madrid's La Liga record of 100 points with 2-1 win
Ten years on, the legends speak to FFT
Your questions answered by an A to Z of legends
He's here, he's there, he's...
The cost of Premier League away travel
Nike CR7 IX for you
FourFourTwo is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media & FourFourTwo is part of Haymarket Sport
| International Licensing | © Haymarket Media Group 2010