Friday August 19 2011
UEFA charge Wenger over Udinese

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged by UEFA after communicating with the bench during the Champions League game with Udinese.

The Gunners manager sat out a touchline ban during Tuesday's 1-0 preliminary round victory at the Emirates, but was spotted talking to assistant Pat Rice via a mobile phone.

This constitutes “not abiding by the decisions of the UEFA control and disciplinary body.

“According to the UEFA disciplinary regulations, a manager may not communicate with his team during the match for which he is suspended and may follow the game from the stands only.”

It will be discussed by the UEFA disciplinary commission on Monday, but Wenger is likely to be fined rather than suspended again for the second leg.

Wenger claims Arsenal “don't know really what the rules are. They told us first that, through my assistant, he can communicate. And after half-time, it was not like that.”

The second leg is at the Stadio Friuli on Wednesday.

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