Football manager Wenger chooses not to appeal Uefa ban
30th March 2011 - Berko Tau
Arsenal football manager Arsene Wenger will not contest the touchline ban handed to him by Uefa, it has been confirmed.
Wenger was infuriated by Swiss referee Massimo Busacca's decision to send off Robin van Persie during the Champions League tie in Barcelona.
An angry Wenger confronted the official after the game, but he was later charged with using "inappropriate language" by Uefa, resulting in a one-match suspension and a €10,000 (£8,800) fine.
Initially, Wenger had promised to fight the charge, calling Uefa a "dictatorship" in the process.
However, the football manager has now decided to take his punishment and will not sit on the bench for Arsenal's next Champions League game.
A statement on the club website read: "Arsenal have decided not to appeal against Uefa bans for Arsene Wenger and Samir Nasri."
Wenger said that the sending off in Camp Nou changed the game, but Barcelona football manager Pep Guardiola responded by suggesting that Arsenal didn't deserve to win, having not mustered a single shot during the match.
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