Arsenal’s Arteta charged by FA over VAR rant after Newcastle loss

November 17 – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been charged by the English Football Association (FA) over an  explosive VAR rant following his side’s controversial defeat against Newcastle.

Arteta said the VAR decision not to disallow Anthony Gordon’s goal in the 1-0 loss at St. James’ Park earlier this month was embarrassing and an “absolute disgrace.”“Mikel Arteta has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1 following comments that he made in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday, November 4,” an FA statement said.

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

VAR checked to see whether the ball had gone out of play, whether there had been a foul and whether Gordon had been offside.

All three decisions went in Newcastle’s favour and Arteta could not hide his anger after the match, saying: “It’s an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. An absolute disgrace.”

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