Arsenal has appealed the two match ban against their manager Arsène Wenger imposed by UEFA. The ban was imposed for the breaching of the conditions of a previous sanction on Wenger at a match against Udinese on August 16, 2011. Wenger is to have allegedly broken the rules set out in this sanction by communicating with his team bench.
Arsenal has strongly contested the ban, stating that according to what UEFA had informed them, Wenger was allowed to communicate with the bench via a third party. In light of the appeal UEFA has deferred the ban.
Apart from the support of his club, (in a shocking turn of events) Wenger has also received the support of Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson. Although rivals on the pitch, Sir Alex has defended Wenger and has stated that the idea of firing Wenger would be “ridiculous”.
Having said this, this past weekend saw a match between the two rival clubs which added to Wenger’s tough times with an 8-2 drubbing by a young Manchester United side – the most troubling defeat of the Arsenal managers career.