Arsene Wenger accepts improper conduct charge

The Football Association says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has

accepted a charge of improper conduct and will serve a one-match

ban.

Wenger was hit with an FA charge after making contact with the

fourth official after his team conceded a late equalizer in the 1-1

draw at Sunderland on Saturday.

Under new fast-track disciplinary procedures, Wenger will be

fined 8,000 pounds ($12,500) and serve his touchline ban on Tuesday

in Arsenal’s League Cup third-round match against north London

rival Tottenham.

Wenger had been angry that Sunderland striker Darren Bent scored

15 seconds after the allotted four minutes of added time had

expired, and appeared to sarcastically pat Martin Atkinson on the

back.