NYON - Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger and midfielder Samir Nasri were banned for one
European match by UEFA on Thursday after their outburst at the
end of the Champions League defeat in Barcelona.
Both had been charged with improper conduct following their
angry protests to referee Massimo Busacca at the end of the last
16 second-leg match at the Nou Camp on March 8.
Wenger, who was also fined 10,000 euros,
subsequently accused European football's governing body of running
"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body today decided to
suspend Wenger and Nasri for one European match each, with the
punishment applying to the next UEFA club game for which either
man will be eligible," UEFA said in a statement following the
decision by a disciplinary hearing at its headquarters.
Wenger and Nasri were furious over the sending off of Robin
van Persie, who was shown a second yellow card for kicking the
ball away after the whistle had sounded for an offside decision.
Barca won the match 3-1 to complete a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Wenger described the decision by the Swiss official as
"embarrassing" and was even more annoyed when UEFA decided to
open disciplinary proceedings.
"We all understand that you can make wrong decisions but
after that it becomes dictatorship, it's not any more common
sense," Wenger said.
"It would be good for UEFA to show some humility, to
apologise for what has happened."
UEFA also suspended Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Joe
Jordan for one European match following his confrontation with
AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso during and after their
Champions League clash at the San Siro on February 15.
Gattuso was handed a four-match ban earlier this month for
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