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Arsenal boss Wenger dismisses Euro ban

Arsene Wenger has shrugged off his Champions League touchline ban, labelling it "artificial" and suggesting it would not prevent him from communicating with his players.

The Arsenal boss will be confined to the stands for his team's final Group H match, at home to Steaua Bucharest on December 12, after his sending-off at Sevilla on Tuesday, and Uefa could ban him for longer because the governing body is unhappy that he did not retreat to the stands after his dismissal.

Article 70 (2) of Uefa's disciplinary regulations states that a manager who is suspended is "not allowed in the dressing room, tunnel or technical area before and during the match nor is he allowed to get into contact with his team".

When Jose Mourinho, the then Chelsea manager, was suspended for both legs of his side's Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich in 2005, there were allegations that he was smuggled out of the dressing room in a laundry skip after the first match, having given team talks before the game and at half-time.

Wenger joked that he would "try to improve the size of our [laundry] basket" but he sees an easier way around the inconvenience.

"You can always communicate [with the bench]," he said.

"It is a very artificial rule. If I say something to the guy next to me, he can communicate with the guy down on the bench. I don't need to communicate directly. It is a little bit an artificial ban. You can always communicate if you really want to."

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