Mikel Arteta has been charged by the Football Association over comments he made after Arsenal’s defeat by Newcastle earlier this month.
Mikel Arteta, the passionate head of Arsenal, recently became the latest figure to stir the pot, facing charges from the Football Association over comments made after a heartbreaking defeat against Newcastle United. The incident in question? A contentious goal allowed by VAR, leaving Arteta fuming and the football community abuzz.
It all unfolded on a chilly November evening at St James’ Park, as Arsenal faced off against Newcastle United. The game ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Gunners, but it wasn’t the scoreline that dominated headlines; it was the VAR decision that left Arteta seething. Anthony Gordon’s goal, seemingly mired in controversy, stood despite Arteta’s vehement protests.
Shortly after the final whistle, the footballing world turned its attention to Arteta’s post-match comments. The FA, not known to shy away from disciplining those who cross the line, charged Arteta with a breach of FA Rule E3.1. The rule in question pertains to comments made in media interviews that are insulting towards match officials, detrimental to the game, or bring the game into disrepute.
In a post-match interview, Arteta did not mince words, describing VAR’s failure to rule out Gordon’s goal as “an absolute disgrace.” His frustration was palpable as he went on to question the legitimacy of the decision. “You have to talk about how the hell did this goal stand up? Incredible. I feel embarrassed. 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.”
Arsenal, known for its loyal fan base and vocal leadership, swiftly threw its weight behind Arteta. A statement issued by the club expressed wholehearted support for the manager’s comments. It called for urgent action from PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) to address officiating standards, emphasizing the need to move beyond retrospective analysis, attempted explanations, and apologies.
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BREAKING: Mikel Arteta has been charged with misconduct following comments he made in post-match interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game defeat to Newcastle United. 🚨 pic.twitter.com/eukb97vhM0
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 16, 2023