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Arsenal boss Wenger charged with improper conduct

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been hit with an improper conduct charge by the FA for abusing fourth official Martin Atkinson at Sunderland on Saturday.

The Frenchman was outraged when play was allowed to go on for five minutes of stoppage time which saw Black Cats striker Darren Bent grab an equaliser and abused Atkinson.

If Wenger is found guilty of the charge, he will receive an £8,000 fine and serve a one-match touchline ban but if he decides to appeal, it will rise to £12,000 and two matches.

An FA statesman confirmed the charge: "Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged with using insulting and/or abusive language and behaviour amounting to improper conduct.

"The charges relate to Wenger's conduct towards match officials at the conclusion of Arsenal's match against Sunderland on 18 September."

Wenger could very well be in the stands for Tuesday night's Carling Cup third round clash with arch rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane if he accepts the penalty.

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