Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has accepted a charge from the Football Association over an offensive hand gesture made towards Manchester City fans, but has contested a mandatory two-match ban.
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Wilshere appeared to raise his middle finger towards the home supporters during Saturday’s 6-3 defeat at the Etihad Stadium but the incident was not seen by the match officials during the game.
However, after video footage of the incident was reviewed, the England international has been retrospectively charged with “making an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture.”
The FA added on its official website that the decision to charge Wilshere had been taken as a result of a new pilot scheme in which a three-man panel must unanimously agree that the incident would have warranted a red card if it been seen at the time.
In 2011, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was given a one-match ban and a fine of 20,000 pounds after he admitted a similar offence.
Wilshere's case will be hear by the commission on Thursday.