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By ESPN Staff
Dec 18, 2006

Angry Arsenal boss Wenger charged by FA again

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was charged with improper conduct by the FA on Monday just four days after being fined £10,000 and severely censured by English soccer's governing body.

Wenger has been charged with improper conduct for his words and behaviour towards referee Steve Bennett and his linesmen at halftime during Arsenal's Premier League match against Portsmouth at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The match ended in a 2-2 draw after Arsenal had trailed 2-0 early in the second half. Arsenal conceded the first goal just before the interval when Bennett awarded the visitors a free-kick which led to Noe Pamarot putting Pompey ahead.

Wenger said he believed the free-kick should have been awarded to Arsenal, not Portsmouth, and was subsequently sent to the stands for the second half. The Frenchman has until Jan. 5 to respond to the charge.

Wenger defended his actions on Monday four days after he was fined £10,000, severely censured and warned about his future conduct after a touchline bust-up with then-West Ham manager Alan Pardew last month.

Wenger told said: 'The West Ham game was a special game and after the game I said I was wrong and I regretted what I did and I accepted the punishment.

'What happened on Saturday was different. I didn't lose my cool. I said what I felt to the referee. I arrived (at Arsenal) 10 years ago and believe me I have seen 10 times worse than what happened on Saturday.

'I was amazed I was banned from the touchline in the second half because considering what I have seen in the corridors in the last 10 years, it is difficult to explain.

'I will not accept any charge on that incident, I feel that strongly about it.

'I think I am big enough to say when I am wrong and big enough to accept it, but on this particular incident I don't accept what happened.'

Although Arsenal fell further behind against Portsmouth to a Matthew Taylor goal after 47 minutes, they fought back to draw 2-2 with goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gilberto Silva and preserved their unbeaten record at their new home.