Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger learned his punishment from the Football Association on Friday, and it has sparked differing views from fans.
The Frenchman received a four-game touchline ban after admitting to a charge of misconduct.
Wenger had a personal hearing with the English governing body regarding his behaviour, which involved him appearing to shove fourth official Anthony Taylor during last weekend’s dramatic 2-1 win over Burnley.
After referee Jon Moss awarded the Clarets a stoppage-time penalty at the Emirates, Wenger was incensed and angrily confronted Taylor on the touchline.
Due to his aggressive conduct, Wenger was sent to the stands by Moss, but the Frenchman lingered in the tunnel to watch the rest of the game.
As Taylor gestured to the Arsenal boss to move back, the 67-year-old pushed the official’s arm.
As it turns out, Wenger wasted his frustration because Arsenal won the game in the end thanks to a 98th-minute penalty from Alexis Sanchez.
After an FA independent regulatory commission reviewed the incident it was decided that Wenger should serve a four-match ban from the touchline.
This means that he will be prohibited from instructing his team in the dugout for today’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Southampton, as well as Premier League games against Watford, Chelsea and Hull City.
After the news broke, fans took to Twitter to give their thoughts, with some thinking that the punishment was too harsh, while others thought it was not stern enough.
Four-game touchline ban. Should be a stadium ban. But FA coming down fairly hard on Wenger
— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) January 27, 2017
LOL #Wenger got the book thrown at him.
— Rebecca (@noitsrebecca) January 27, 2017
Four match ban for Wenger! that's lenient tbh #MUFC20
— The Cantona Kick†™ (@FashionRebel002) January 27, 2017
Wenger's got off pretty lightly IMO, cant go pushing officials, 4 matches is pathetic frankly
— Me (@NottsJuventino) January 27, 2017
No why did Wenger get a ban he did nothing wrong
— ???? (@OriginalDanHD) January 27, 2017
I think four matches for what Wenger actually did is ridiculous. Can't help but feel the FA were influenced by the media furore.
— Phil Costa (@_PhilCosta) January 27, 2017
I may cry. I wanted to go to the Emirates and cheer on Wenger one time. This is awful
— Jay (@jasonparadise) January 27, 2017
This touchline ban for Wenger has come at the absolute worst time! 4 games seems excessive to me as well.
— Moodz (@SRMoodie7) January 27, 2017
Wenger gets a 4 game touchline ban. The papers wanted way more than that, so that's a comparative win.
— Martin Bentley (@themib) January 27, 2017
Well done @FA Wenger deserves every bit of that ban
— Magic Conte! (@EliteConte) January 27, 2017
What a joke punishment for Wenger. Absolutely farcical from @FA. Good job the respect campaign has just been relaunched.
— Mark Chalkley (@markchalkley27) January 27, 2017
Wenger gets a 4-match touchline ban – that seems feeble to me.
— FatRef/Simon Haydon (@simonhaydon) January 27, 2017
Wenger given a 4 match touchline ban, are the @FA for real??? Shouldve been a fine and a month long stadium ban!!!
— Adam JFT96 YNWA (@AdnPaiLaynLFC) January 27, 2017
Wenger finally gets banned. So happy.
— Code Architect (@codeArchie) January 27, 2017
Not bothered he did a great job. Refs will be scared of him now. Wenger loves a scrap. We are proud of him. AF https://t.co/8vHOACubGl
— AZAK FEVER ???????????????? (@AzakFever_AF) January 27, 2017
— Rob Funnell (@robAFCfunnell) January 27, 2017
Wenger is utterly useless on the touchline anyway.
— ®Sβ. (@1NilChamps) January 27, 2017