Wenger face ban for confrontation with referee after loss to Watford

Arsene Wenger could face punishment from the FA following reports that the Gunners boss angrily confronted Neil Swarbrick after his side humiliating 2-1 loss to Watford.

The Frenchman was enraged after the Hornets were handed a controversial penalty after a foul by Hector Bellerin on Richarlison – a decision Wenger later deemed scandalous.

Wenger is understood to have followed Swarbick down the Vicarage Road tunnel after the final whistle was blown before entering the referee’s room.

The Football Association are due to take another critical look at the penalty decision, which allowed Troy Deeney to kick-start the Watford comeback before Tom Cleverley scored an injury-time winner, and Richarlison could face a retrospective ban for diving.

Wenger could also be in trouble should Swarbick detail the post-match incident in his report.

There is no rule against managers entering the referee’s room, so Swarbick’s report will be instrumental in any case against the 67-year-old Arsenal boss.


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