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

video footage.

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

retrospectively charged for a similar incident this season.