Arsenal boss Arteta charged by FA for explosive rant after Newcastle defeat

    The Football Association have charged Mikel Arteta over his rant at VAR following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.

    Anthony Gordon’s goal was controversially allowed to stand at St. James’ Park to give the Magpies all three points earlier this month.


    Arteta has been charged by the FA for his referee rantCredit: Getty

    It was the Gunners’ first defeat of the Premier League season, with the goal one of the biggest controversial moments this term.

    After the match, Arteta labelled the decision as ‘embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace’ in a passionate rant when speaking to the media.

    Nearly two weeks later, the FA announced that the Arsenal boss has been charged for his comments.

    A statement read: “Mikel Arteta has been charged with a breach of FA Rile E3.1 following comments he made in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle on Saturday 4 November.

    “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.

    “Mikel Arteta has until Tuesday 21 November to provide a response to this charge.”

    VAR checked Gordon’s goal for the ball going out of play, a push from Joelinton on Gabriel and an offside, but it was allowed to stand.

    Amid his anger at the result, Arteta said: “I have praised my players for the way they played and competed in this stadium against this team.

    “The result should not be what it is – there are many reasons for that. If there was a team looking to win the game today it was Arsenal.

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    “Embarrassing what happened – how this goal stands, in the Premier League – this league we say is the best in the world. I’ve been 20 years in this country and now I feel ashamed. It’s a disgrace and there’s too much at stake here.

    “We are trying to do incredible things and be at the highest level each week. When we’re not good enough I hold my hands up and take responsibility.

    “The outcome is nowhere near the level this league needs to have and the way this league is getting competed in. It’s not good enough. I feel embarrassed to be part of this.”

    Fans can now listen to the audio of the check after it was released by the PGMOL, with their head and former referee Howard Webb saying ‘the process was correct.’

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