Arsenal won’t contest UEFA bans

European football’s governing body handed out the one-match

suspensions, and a 10,000 Euro (£8,800) fine to Wenger, after

the pair were charged with “inappropriate language” directed

towards Swiss referee official Massimo Busacca in the wake of

Arsenal’s controversial exit from the Champions League in Barcelona

earlier this month. Busacca caused uproar by showing Robin van

Persie a second yellow card for shooting at goal just one second

after he had blown the whistle for offside – the Dutch striker

claimed he had not heard it due to the noise of the 95,000-plus

crowd. Arsenal eventually went on to lose the tie 3-1 and exit

Europe at the hands of the Spanish giants for the second successive

season. Wenger had originally insisted he would staunchly deny the

charge and called on UEFA to show some “humility”, while comparing

the organisation to a “dictatorship”. Arsenal could have lodged a

formal appeal, but the matter will now not be taken any further. A

statement on the club’s official website read: “Arsenal have

decided not to appeal against UEFA bans for Arsene Wenger and Samir

Nasri. “The manager and the midfielder were each suspended for one

European match following charges of improper conduct in the wake of

Arsenal’s Champions League exit at Barcelona. “Wenger was also

fined €10,000.”