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Arsene Wenger charged by FA for conduct against match officials

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged by English Football Association (FA) for commenting against match officials on New Year’s eve.Arsenal were held 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion on December 31 in the Premier League, after which Wenger made his opinion of referees known.According to the statement by FA, Wenger has been charged over his behaviour post the league match in the changing room for the game officials.”It is alleged his language and/or behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the game was abusive and/or improper and/or questioned the integrity of the match referee,” the FA said in a statement.The Arsenal manager can respond to the charge till Friday.ALSO WATCHOn Sunday, Wenger surpassed former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in managing the most number of matches with a team in the Premier League.Against West Brom, Wenger took his tally to 811 games, even though the outcome was not what he was expecting.It ends in a draw after that late penalty#WBAvAFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 31, 2017Dean awarded an 89th minute penalty after Calum Chambers was adjudged to have handled in the area, with Jay Rodriguez converting to deny Arsenal victory and provoke a furious reaction.With the draw, Arsenal finished the year 2017 in the fifth place on the league table.”I did fight many years ago for referees to become professional, but unfortunately their levels do not go up. It is difficult to accept,” the manager told Sky Sports afterwards.advertisementDespite the sour outcome, Ferguson congratulated Wenger for his achievement and claimed that the Arsenal manager’s record will never be broken.In a statement released through the League Managers Association, Ferguson said: “I applaud Arsene on surpassing my record of managing 810 Premier League games.”It is a fantastic milestone which has required the highest standards of dedication and professional management to achieve. I doubt his record, whatever it turns out to be, will ever be beaten.”Congratulations on a truly remarkable career and great service to football and Arsenal FC,” he added.Wenger was earlier handed a four-match ban for misconduct last January for pushing the fourth official after his team’s 2-1 win over Burnley.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

World Cup 2007: Australia create history with a hat-trick of World Cup wins

first_imgThe ninth edition of ODI cricket’s biggest tournament was held in the Caribbean Islands. The number of participants increased to 16 and the teams were pooled into four groups of four with the top two nations from each group progressing to the Super Eights. Apart from the 10 Test nations and Kenya, who had their full ODI status; Canada, Scotland, Netherlands, Ireland and Bermuda had also qualified for the tournament after finishing among the top five ranked teams in the 2005 ICC Trophy. Both Bermuda and Ireland were making their World Cup bows and it would go on to be an especially memorable debut for the Irish.Most of the matches went as per script with the favourites emerging triumphant more often than not. Ireland and Bangladesh, however, put a real spanner in the works by upstaging established powerhouses and contributing to their early as well as unexpected exits. After a dramatic tie against Zimbabwe in their opening match, Ireland stunned Pakistan with a 3-wicket victory (D/L method). The loss sealed Pakistan’s fate and dumped them out of the competition on the back of successive losses against West Indies and Ireland.Pakistan’s darkest hour though came the following day when their coach Bob Woolmer, known for his experience and expertise, died mysteriously in his hotel room. Tributes poured in from the cricketing fraternity and Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in their last match of the group, but it’s safe to say that no one associated with Pakistani cricket will remember the 2007 World Cup fondly. The same, of course, can be said about India, looking at how they fared in the tournament. Like their arch-rivals, India were dumped out of the World Cup after a shock loss against Bangladesh and a defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka.advertisementBangladesh and Ireland were the beneficiaries following Pakistan and India’s eliminations, however, the Super Eights was a step too far for them. Bangladesh just managed to win one of their Super Eight games against South Africa, whereas Ireland’s sole win at this stage came at the expense of the Bangladeshis. While the Super Eights did feature some classic matches, it served more of an indicator of who the frontrunners for the World Cup were. Both Australia and Sri Lanka looked strong and confident with the latter involved in several thrilling finishes.One close finish even saw Lasith Malinga take a hat-trick and go one better by claiming a fourth scalp from four successive deliveries. Chasing 210, South Africa needed just 4 runs with 5 wickets remaining before Malinga’s brutal spell began and accounted for four wickets in a row. The Proteas managed to get over the finish-line in the end, but Malinga’s fiery spell ensured it wasn’t plain sailing. Another dramatic finish saw them beat England by 2 runs and they went on to win most of their remaining Super Eight matches after that to qualify for the semis.The semi-finals pitted Sri Lanka against New Zealand, while the unbeaten Australians faced South Africa. Both semis were one-sided contests that ended in easy wins for Sri Lanka and Australia, thus making it a repeat of the 1996 final. Unlike 1996, Australia emerged as convincing winners in a rain-marred final that witnessed Adam Gilchrist unleash a belligerent assault on the Sri Lankan bowlers en-route to 149 from 104 balls. Having bowled the minimum 20 overs required to constitute a game, Australia eventually won the match by 53 runs via Duckworth Lewis Method after bad light suspended play. The win made Australia the first nation to win three successive World Cups and it was also their fourth cup overall.Also Read | World Cup 1999: Australia become two-time World Champions, Klusener’s heroics go in vainAlso Read | World Cup 2015: Australia reclaim World Cup and become record five-time championsAlso Read | World Cup 1992: Imran Khan inspires Pakistan to World Cup gloryAlso Read | World Cup 1975: The birth of World Cups and West Indies’ dominanceAlso Seelast_img read more