Arteta charged: Misconduct, detrimental, disrepute

Morning all. A quick Friday blog for you.

There’s only one place to start and that’s the news that the FA have charged Mikel Arteta after his post-game comments following the defeat to Newcastle on November 4th. If you need a reminder, the manager was furious about the goal, and so made comments about that very specific incident, saying:

We have to talk about the result because we have to talk about how the hell this goal stands. It’s incredible.

I feel embarrassed but I have to be the one now coming here to try to defend the club and please ask for help because it’s an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. It’s an absolute disgrace.

Now, nearly two weeks later, and just after Howard Webb and his little puppet friend Mickey did their silly TV show which ‘proved’ Arteta wrong, the charges have followed. The statement reads:

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 4 November.

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. Mikel Arteta has until Tuesday 21 November to provide a response to this charge.

At this point, all you can really do is laugh. The idea that a manager’s post-match comments, made in the heat of the moment, are ‘detrimental to the game’ is just preposterous. I’m just a humble blogger/podcaster, but if I were to start looking at things that bring the game into disrepute, I might start with an organisation that is tasked with officiating, but which has been so inept it has issued at least a dozen public apologies to Premier League clubs since February of last year because they failed to implement the laws of the game correctly.

And that doesn’t even include all the other stuff they admitted they got wrong, but for which there have been no formal…

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