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FA charges Mikel Arteta for referee criticism following Newcastle defeat

The Football Association (FA) has charged Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with making insulting comments about match officials, as announced on Thursday.

Arteta expressed his frustration, labelling the decision to allow Anthony Gordon’s goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United on November 4th as embarrassing and disgraceful.

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This criticism followed the goal, despite a triple VAR assessment.

“Mikel Arteta has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1 following comments that he made in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday, November 4,” the FA statement said.

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“It’s alleged that his comments constitute misconduct as they are insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

Arteta now has until November 21st to provide a response to the charge.

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