Mikel Arteta, Arsenal Manager, Fined for VAR Criticism

Mikel Arteta (Credit: Twitter)

“Mikel Arteta charged with breach of FA Rule E3.1 for media comments after Arsenal’s game against Newcastle, says FA statement

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta charged by the Football Association over VAR rant after Newcastle defeat.

Arteta called the VAR decision not to disallow Anthony Gordon’s goal in the 1-0 loss “embarrassing” and an “absolute disgrace”.

“It’s alleged that his comments constitute misconduct as they are insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

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VAR checked to see whether the ball had gone out of play before Joe Willock’s cross, whether Joelinton had fouled Arsenal defender Gabriel and whether Gordon had been offside.

All three decisions went in Newcastle’s favour, even though the ball appeared to have gone out, while Joelinton clearly pushed Gabriel in the back.

Arteta could not hide his anger after the match, saying: “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.

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In the aftermath of their manager’s blast, Arsenal issued a statement the following day saying the club “wholeheartedly” supported the Spaniard.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world with the best players, coaches and supporters, all of whom deserve better,” said the statement

“PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) urgently needs to address the standard of officiating and focus on action which moves us all on from retrospective analysis, attempted explanations and apologies.”