The Daily Mirror has reported the alleged remarks made by Arsene Wenger that saw him sent off by referee Jon Moss late in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley.
The Mirror quotes fourth official Anthony Taylor’s report on the match:
Taylor wrote: “Following the award of a penalty kick against his team in approx. 92nd min, Mr Wenger left his technical area to confront me in disagreement at the decision. Before he said anything I said: ‘Think carefully before you say anything.’
“He responded by saying ‘you are dishonest to your federation.’ I considered this to be questioning both mine and the referee, Jon Moss’s integrity and impartiality. I stated to Mr. Wenger that such a comment was not acceptable and he told me to “f*** off” on two separate occasions.”
It’s not clear if it is the Mirror or Anthony Taylor who is sparing us with the use of asterisks in “fuck off”.
Wenger was later hit with a four-match ban for lightly pushing Taylor after the officious official attempted to usher him down the Arsenal tunnel.
The FA Commission concluded Wenger’s actions were not “particularly violent in nature” but found that “all officials ought to be able to do their jobs without fear of being manhandled and the Commission determined that the sanction attached to the charges levied against Mr Wenger should reflect this.”
No doubt officials will remain as determined to eradicate the scourge of the rarely heard phrase “fuck off” from the English game for the remainder of the campaign.