Arsenal manager Unai Emery punished by FA for kicking a bottle at Brighton fans
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been given an improper conduct charge by the Football Association after kicking a water bottle into the crowd at Brighton.
The Gunners boss appeared the boot a bottle in frustration during his side’s 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day, which sailed into the stands.
Emery admitted after the game that he accidentally hit a Seagulls fan and apologised to him.
The boss walked over to the supporter at full-time to shake his hand – which was apparently well received by home supporters, who applauded the gesture.
However, after looking into the incident, the FA have concluded further action was needed and have slapped the charge on the Spaniard.
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho received a touchline ban for kicking a bottle of water against West Ham in 2016.
He was also sent to the stands during that game for his reaction to referee Jonathan Moss’ decision to book Paul Pogba for diving.
He admitted improper conduct and picked up a one-match suspension.
However, Mourinho managed to avoid a UEFA ban after throwing a crate of drinks bottles to the ground in celebration of United’s 1-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League earlier this season.
Speaking on Thursday to preview Arsenal’s weekend trip to Liverpool, Emery said he hoped his apology would be the end of the matter.
“I say yesterday my apologies, I kicked the bottle in frustration but not for the supporter, I kicked for me and it went near to the supporter and I said to them my apologies. There is not another communication.
“I repeat today my apologies for my individual action but I kick the bottle because it is near me, but not because it is my intention.”
But Emery did say he would respect any decision the FA made, although he was keen to draw a line under the incident.
“I hope so, yes,” he replied when asked whether his apology should be the end of the matter.
“But I have to respect the decision because it is a circumstance of my action but not another intention from me with the supporter. I say to them my apology.”
Source: SportsLatest TS