Arsene Wenger handed three-match touchline ban for abusing match officials

Wenger was furious following the late decision from referee Mike Dean to give West Brom a penalty for an apparent handball by Arsenal defender Calum Chambers.

Wenger admitted using abusive and improper language towards the match officials and questioned the integrity of the referee following the clash last Sunday.

'He was also fined £40,000'.

The ban means Wenger will miss the Gunners' FA Cup trip to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, next week's EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea and the Premier League game at Bournemouth on Sunday 14 January.

But he would also make comments following their draw against Chelsea.

The 68-year-old has been asked by the FA to explain his comments before and after the London derby about officiating.

Describing the incident, Wenger claimed that the decision was a "farce".

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was angry with referee Mike Dean
GETTY Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was angry with referee Mike Dean

Wenger has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the FA's request for his observations.

When it was pointed out to Wenger that Jack Wilshere was accused of diving in the same match, he replied: "Maybe he did, but why should that change my opinion on the penalty?" The regret we have is we were first to score and after that we have a farcical decision.

Arsenal conceded another late spot-kick in the Premier League fixture at the Emirates Stadium when Chelsea's Eden Hazard went down following a challenge from Hector Bellerin.

Wenger said referees were living in the dark ages and even siding against his team after a series of refereeing decisions - including against West Brom on Sunday and Chelsea on Wednesday - cost Arsenal dearly.

"When you see how he shows his arm it is nothing to do with what happened".

"They want to see: 'Come on, let's get on with it and play.' That's our responsibility. I'm happy with the quality of our games".

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