Arteta charged by FA for VAR comments after Newcastle defeat

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  • Post published:November 17, 2023

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been charged by the Football Association for his VAR rant after their 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United.

Arteta called it a “absolute disgrace” and embarrassing that VAR decided not to disallow Anthony Gordon’s goal in the 1-0 loss at St. James’ Park earlier this month.

“Mikel Arteta has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1 following comments that he made in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday, November 4,” an FA statement said on Thursday.

“It’s alleged that his comments constitute misconduct as they are insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

VAR examined whether Joelinton had fouled Arsenal defender Gabriel, if Gordon had been offside, and if the ball had left the play before Joe Willock’s cross.

Despite the fact that Joelinton clearly shoved Gabriel in the back and the ball seemed to have gone out, all three decisions went in Newcastle’s favour.

Arteta could not hide his anger after the match, saying: “You have to talk about how the hell did this goal stand up? Incredible. I feel embarrassed.

“I have to now come in here and try to defend the club and please ask for help because it’s an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. An absolute disgrace.”

The day after their manager’s outburst, Arsenal released a statement claiming that the team “wholeheartedly” backed the Spaniard.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world with the best players, coaches and supporters, all of whom deserve better,” said the statement.

“PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) urgently needs to address the standard of officiating and focus on action which moves us all on from retrospective analysis, attempted explanations and apologies.”