Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger handed three-game touchline ban for abuse of referee

LONDON — The English Football Association has banned Arsene Wenger from the touchline for three games after the Arsenal manager accepted he was abusive when questioning the integrity of a referee.

Wenger's outburst followed a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Wenger was incensed at Calum Chambers being penalized for a handball and West Brom converting the resulting penalty to equalize.

Following a regulatory commission hearing, the FA said Wenger "admitted that his language and behavior in the match officials' changing room ... was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee."

Wenger was also fined £40,000 pounds (US$54,200).

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