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Arteta escapes FA ban for infamous comments made about VAR

Mikel Arteta will not face any FA punishment for the comments he made following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat against Newcastle in November.

After Anthony Gordon’s goal secured a win for Newcastle, Arteta criticized VAR’s decision to allow the goal against Arsenal, calling it an “absolute disgrace.”

The FA filed a misconduct charge against Arteta for his remarks, but an independent committee has now concluded that the charge is unfounded. Arsenal had previously released a statement supporting their manager in the aftermath of the match.

Arteta escapes FA ban on a technicality!

A statement from the FA read: “An independent Regulatory Commission has found the charge against Mikel Arteta for an alleged breach of FA Rule E3.1 to be not proven.

“The manager was charged following various comments in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday 4 November.

“It was alleged that his comments constituted misconduct in that they were insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

The FA also provided further written reasons and highlighted how “the word ‘disgrace’…‘has a very similar spelling and pronunciation to the Spanish ‘desgracia’…the Spanish word has connotations of misfortune, tragedy or bad luck rather than the connotations of the English equivalent which suggest contempt, dishonour or disrespect.

“While the English meaning may lead to interpretations of abuse or insult, this was not the intended meaning.”

This means that Arteta will not be subjected to any penalty, such as a ban or a fine. Despite the defeat, Arsenal maintained their position at the top of the table for the subsequent four gameweeks and only dropped to second place in the recent weekend fixture, losing to Unai Emery’s Aston Villa with John McGinn scoring the decisive goal. Arteta’s team currently occupies the second position, trailing Liverpool by just one point.

Arteta was absent from Arsenal’s 1-0 loss against Aston Villa over the weekend due to a yellow card he received in their 4-3 victory against Luton Town, marking his third of the season. Fortunately for the Gunners, he will be back on the sidelines for their upcoming match against Brighton on Sunday, December 17.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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