Mikel Arteta Given Ultimatum to Respond to FA Charge for Misconduct

[Photo Credit: Mikel Arteta/Instagram]


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been charged by the Football Association (FA) for misconduct comments made after Newcastle defeat earlier this month.

Arteta had described the VAR decision not to rule out Anthony Gordon’s goal in his side’s 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park “an absolute disgrace” and “embarrassing.” However, Gordon’s goal had three VAR checks and were all pronounced in Newcastle’s favor.

Arteta had said after the match, “I have to now come in here and try to defend the club and please ask for help because it’s an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. An absolute disgrace.”

In a Thursday statement, FA said “Mikel Arteta has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1 following comments that he made in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday, November 4.”

“It’s alleged that his comments constitute misconduct as they are insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or bring the game into disrepute. Mikel Arteta has until Tuesday 21 November to provide a response to the charge.”

Arsenal supported Arteta’s comments in a club statement saying “Arsenal wholeheartedly supports Mikel Arteta’s post-match comments after yet more unacceptable refereeing and VAR errors on Saturday evening.”

“The Premier League is the best league in the world with the best players, coaches and supporters, all of whom deserve better. PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) urgently needs to address the standard of officiating and focus on action which moves us all from retrospective analysis, attempted explanations and apologies”, said the club.

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