Wilshere to miss Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea due to two-game ban

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is handed a two-game suspension for an abusive hand gesture

Jack Wilshere
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere Photo: Nike

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been handed a two-game suspension for an abusive hand gesture.

Television cameras appeared to show the 21-year-old raising his finger towards the crowd during Saturday’s 6-3 defeat by Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

Wilshere admitted a Football Association charge but contested the mandatory length of ban. However, an independent regulatory commission rejected his appeal after a hearing on Thursday.

The midfielder will now miss Arsenal’s Premier League clashes against Chelsea and West Ham United next week.

An FA statement read: “Whilst admitting the charge, Wilshere claimed the standard sanction for this offence was clearly excessive.

“The commission rejected this claim and the two match suspension will commence with immediate effect.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said after the match: “If he did it and he is banned then we will have to accept it.”

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