Wenger hit with UEFA charge
Published 13:01 07/03/12 By John Cross
Arsene Wenger is facing his THIRD touchline ban in 12 months.
Arsenal boss Wenger could get a three-game suspension after UEFA brought a disciplinary case against him for improper conduct following a tunnel bust-up with referee Damir Skomina.
Italian TV reported Wenger swore and shouted at Skomina and the Slovenian official included the incident in his report following Arsenal's Champions League match with AC Milan.
The hearing is likely to be on March 29.
It is unclear yet whether Arsenal will appeal but it is believed Wenger will not deny confronting the referee.
The Frenchman was given a one-match touchline ban after Arsenal lost at Barcelona last season, and was given a further two-game suspension after UEFA accused him of flouting the ban by communicating with the bench from the stands.
The Arsenal manager's recent history could be taken into account by UEFA if they decide to punish him, which could mean an extended ban.
Skomina gave 21 fouls against Arsenal but just eight against Milan, despite the Italians conceding a penalty and having three yellow cards against them
Wenger said: "I was not happy with the referee because he gave them many free-kicks in the centre of the park. Every single free-kick every time they went down it was for them."
Arsenal are hoping Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - who both limped off against Milan - should be fit, along with Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey, to face Newcastle on Monday night.