Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Arsene Wenger was 'aggressive' towards Mike Dean

Arsene Wenger was 'aggressive' towards Mike Dean

The English Football Association have this evening released the details of Mike Dean's report on Arsene Wenger's rant which eventually led to the Arsenal manager being handed a 3-match touchline ban.

An independent disciplinary panel on 5 January gave Wenger a three-game touchline ban and £40,000 fine for the incident but the panel's written reasons were only published on Tuesday.

But the exact words used have surfaced, and of course those are always fun to bring up.

"He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying, "You're not honest" on numerous occasions", Dean said.

"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".

Arsene Wenger accused referee Mike Dean of dishonesty in a furious confrontation after Arsenal's controversial draw at West Bromwich Albion. In any case, though, he's been quite thoroughly punished, but you can bet that won't stop him from going after Dean again if he feels hard done by in future.

Assistant referees Simon Long and Ian Hussin and fourth official Christopher Kavanagh filed nearly identical reports, with all three describing Wenger's behaviour as "aggressive".

Arsenal were denied all three points when Dean gave the Baggies an 89th minute penalty last month, that Jay Rodriguez duly converted.

The Frenchman having to be ushered away by a West Brom steward.

He was formally warned after complaining about a "farcical" penalty awarded during a draw with Chelsea. He has occupied this position since 1996.

Wenger has now served all three matches - the FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest, the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea, and the Premier League visit to Bournemouth. There is simply no justification for this behaviour'.

A year ago, Wenger was given a four-match touchline ban and £25,000 fine for his behaviour in a win over Burnley.

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