Arsenal senior man escapes ban following Bayern Munich controversy - report
By Matt Farr
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has escaped punishment after a controversial incident in the defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, according to a report.
Wenger brutally attacked referee Anastosios Sidiropoulos for his performance during their 5-1 defeat to the German side in the Champions League knockout stages, a result that saw them crash out of the competition 10-2 on aggregate.
But the Sun report that the Arsenal chief will not be charged by the Football Association, despite Wenger stating he was ‘revolted’ by Sidiropoulos’ display.
The Greek official had denied the home side a penalty and an opportunity to add to their one goal lead, before later awarding one to Robert Lewandowski.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was shown a yellow card for his initial challenge on Lewandowski, only for the card to be upgraded to a straight red after Sidiropoulos had consulted with his colleague on the byeline – a decision that was met with anger by Wenger.
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Yet while Koscielny will be forced to serve a one match suspension for Arsenal’s next European encounter, Wenger remains unpunished.
The report from the Sun does also state, however, that Arsenal have been charged over a field invasion by supporters, while Bayern Munich face a charge for the throwing of objects.
Both charges will be considered by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on March 23.
Arsenal went on to lose the tie 5-1, contributing to a humiliating aggregate 10-2 defeat, abruptly ending their participation in the competition for another year.
In other Arsenal news, Bayern have trolled the Gunners on Twitter following their demolition job.