Uefa reject Arsenal appeal over Arsène Wenger touchline ban
Frenchman will not be allowed on the touchline for his side's first two Champions League group stage games
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger will serve a two-match Champions League touchline ban after his appeal against the sanction was rejected by Uefa.
Wenger was originally dealt the punishment following the Gunners’ Champions League play-off first leg against Udinese at The Emirates earlier this month.
The Frenchman, who was serving a one-match touchline ban from last season for that match, was deemed to be in breach of the suspension after he was caught relaying messages to the technical area.
Arsenal appealed the second punishment, claiming Uefa officials had changed their stance over communication to the bench during the game.
But the European governing body has dismissed the Gunners’ case and has fined the London Club â‚¬10,000 (£8,750) for improper conduct by their officials.
Wenger will now be forced to watch from the stands for his side’s opening group stage clashes against Borussia Dortmund and Olympiakos.
A Uefa statement read: “The Uefa Appeals Body has rejected the appeal lodged by Arsenal FC and Arsene Wenger against the two-match suspension handed to the manager in the wake of the English club’s Uefa Champions League play-off first leg against Udinese Calcio on 16 August.
“Wenger will now be suspended from carrying out his duties at Arsenal’s next two Uefa competition matches – the Uefa Champions League group stage games against Borussia Dortmund and Olympiacos FC on 13 and 28 September – in accordance with the decision taken by the Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body on August 22.
“The manager was awarded this suspension for not abiding by an earlier decision of the Control and Disciplinary Body during the Udinese home game – in which Wenger was serving a one-match ban imposed following Arsenal’s final Uefa Champions League game of last season.
“The control and disciplinary body also fined Arsenal 10,000 euros for improper conduct by their officials during the match against the Italian team in north London.”