Wilshere receives 2-match ban for abusive gesture
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been handed a two-match ban
by the English Football Association for making an abusive gesture
toward Manchester City fans during a Premier League match.
The FA rejected Wilshere’s appeal that the length of his
punishment was ”clearly excessive” and said Thursday his
suspension begins with immediate effect. He will miss league
matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham on Dec. 26.
The England international raised his middle finger toward City
supporters during Saturday’s game at Etihad Stadium, which Arsenal
lost 6-3. The incident wasn’t seen by match officials at the time
but the FA charged Wilshere retrospectively after a panel studied
Blackpool winger Tom Ince was given a two-game ban when he was
retrospectively charged for a similar incident this season.