According to a report from the Independent, north London side Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger has been charged with improper conduct by UEFA after falling afoul of referee Damir Skomina following Arsenal's 3-0 win over AC Milan on Tuesday night. The Gunners went on to lose the tie 4-3 on aggregate.
The Gunners manager was clearly unhappy with the decisions the Slovenian referee made on the crucial night. Wenger was of the opinion the referee gave too many free-kicks to the Italians and resorted to flashing cards almost at regular intervals.
I was not happy with the referee tonight because I felt he gave many free kicks in the middle of the park. Every time [Milan's players] went down a free kick was given to them, and they sensed that very quickly and used it very well, Wenger told Arsenal.com after the game.
UEFA will now decide whether or not to charge Wenger, based upon the information in Skomina's report, which should be filed within 48 hours of the match being completed. The Control and Disciplinary Committee is likely to preside over the case on March 29 and will also take into account Wenger's recent record.
The Frenchman was previously handed a one-match touchline ban for an on-field outburst at Swiss referee Massimo Busacca following his team's exit from the Champions League in the Round of 16, against Barcelona, last year. The Arsenal boss, at the time, was protesting the man-in-charge's decision to send off striker Robin van Persie.
Wenger was handed a further two-match touchline suspension in August, for breaching his Barcelona ban by communicating with the Arsenal bench from the stands, during the team's play-off tie against Italian side Udinese earlier this season.