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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 May 2007, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Wenger fined and censured by FA
Arsene Wenger
Wenger has been in trouble with the FA frequently this season
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been fined 2,500 and severely censured by the Football Association for comments he made after the Carling Cup final.

Wenger had been charged with improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute after he claimed an assistant referee lied in the 23 February match.

It followed the dismissal of Emmanuel Adebayor, who was judged to have aimed a punch at Chelsea's Frank Lampard.

The FA ruled Wenger's use of the word "lie" constituted improper conduct.

The trouble erupted at the end of the match, which Chelsea won 2-1, when a mass brawl broke out and Adebayor, Arsenal's Kolo Toure and Chelsea's Mikel Jon Obi were all sent off.

It left Wenger furious over what he felt was the injustice of Adebayor's dismissal.

And he suggested the assistant whom referee Howard Webb consulted before sending off striker Adebayor had not told the truth.

Wenger said at the time: "The officials made a mistake. Adebayor did not punch Lampard and didn't intend to, we can prove it. It isn't the truth, I don't accept it.

"I cannot accept that our club is treated like this. I will defend it to the FA. It was a lie and is not responsible."

However, Adebayor was banned for three matches and Emmanuel Eboue was retrospectively banned for three games after video evidence showed him aiming a punch at Chelsea's Wayne Bridge.

In addition, Arsenal and Chelsea were each fined 100,000 and reprimanded.



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