Search

Wojciech Szczesny faces Arsenal rap for offensive gesture after Bayern red card

11:10 21 February 2014

Arsenal

Arsenal's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is sent off by referee Nicola Rizzoli. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

PA Wire

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will face a club punishment for an alleged obscene gesture made after he was dismissed against Bayern Munich.

The Polish stopper was shown a red card for a penalty box professional foul on former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben just before half time as the Gunners lost 2-0 in their Champions League last-16 first leg tie.

He will miss the return tie in Bavaria next month but the ban could be extended by a further match - should the north Londoners progress - once a UEFA disciplinary committee reviews the video footage.

But manager Arsene Wenger revealed there will also be a punishment handed down by the club.

“We’ll deal with that internally,” the boss said. “We don’t agree with that.

“It was frustration but we are professionals and, me included, we have always to master our reactions and Wojciech is part of that as well.”

Yet Wenger welcomed the news that UEFA will review the rule on professional fouls in the 18-yard box resulting in the double punishment of a dismissal and a penalty.

Wenger said: “Certainly the common sense is that you should divide between what’s inside the box and what’s outside the box.

“Denying a goalscoring opportunity inside the box is restored by the fact that you get a penalty.

“In this case, for example with Robben, you can say that the penalty was a better chance than he had when he was denied the goalscoring opportunity.

“I think the yellow card would have been enough because it’s not violent conduct from Wojciech. He went for the ball, he caught him but, certainly, you would want not to kill a game of that stature by a decision that doesn’t make common sense.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 15:51
Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has Emmanuel Adebayor available for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley as Spurs look to carry the momentum of the midweek thrashing of Newcastle.

Thu, 23:46
Hendon striker Leon Smith (right)

Hendon manager Gary McCann is hopeful that the club’s ‘pay what you want’ game against Wingate & Finchley on December 27 will attract local football fans down to Earlsmead.

Nabil Bentaleb (right) celebrates his first goal for Tottenham in Wednesday's 4-0 victory over Newcastle in the Capital One Cup quarter-final. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Nabil Bentaleb achieved another landmark at Tottenham this week, scoring his first goal for the club a year after his debut - and the Algeria international believes Spurs can finish in the top four this season.

Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen is pleased to have some consistency at the heart of the Tottenham defence, and he feels he is developing a strong partnership with Federico Fazio.

Most read sport

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Offers for university places are at a record high.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition