FA slaps Arsene Wenger with hefty fine

17th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Dec 16 (AFP) - The English Football Association (FA) on Thursday found Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger guilty of improper conduct and fined him GBP 15,000 (EUR 21,000).

LONDON, Dec 16 (AFP) - The English Football Association (FA) on Thursday found Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger guilty of improper conduct and fined him GBP 15,000 (EUR 21,000).

Aside from the fine, the FA "severely reprimanded" Wenger - who was not present at the hearing - and warned the Frenchman about his future conduct.

Wenger denied the charge of improper conduct, which was levelled after his comments about Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy in an interview following Arsenal's 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford on October 24 - a loss that ended the champions' English top-flight record of 49 unbeaten league games.

Wenger was angered by the Dutchman's knee-high challenge on Ashley Cole, which subsequently resulted in the striker being banned for three matches.

He said in a BBC TV interview: "We know how Ruud van Nistelrooy behaves. He can only cheat people - we know him very well."

The FA announced Thursday in a statement on their website www.theFA.com: "At a disciplinary commission hearing today, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was fined GBP 15,000 (EUR 21,000 dollars), severely reprimanded and warned to his future conduct.

"Wenger was charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 for improper conduct for his comment about Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy in a media interview following the match at Old Trafford on October 24."

After being charged by the FA Arsenal's French chief said: "I don't understand what I've done wrong. It is not a big problem in my mind. I just said what I felt on the day.

"At some stage, you have to say what you think without insulting people. I've read my statements again and I stand by what I said. I just don't know really what I'm charged with."

© AFP

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