Wilshere accepts charge for offensive gesture

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has accepted a charge from the

English Football Association for making an abusive gesture towards

fans during a Premier League match but will contest an expected

two-match ban.

The England international raised his middle finger toward

Manchester City supporters during Saturday’s game at Etihad

Stadium, which Arsenal lost 6-3.

The incident was not seen by match officials at the time but the

FA charged Wilshere retrospectively after a study of video

footage.

Blackpool winger Tom Ince was given a two-game ban when he was

retrospectively charged for a similar incident earlier this season,

but Arsenal has reportedly submitted mitigating circumstances to

the FA in seeking a lesser sanction.

The case will be heard by a commission on Thursday.