Monday August 22 2011
Wenger banned for Udinese tie

Arsene Wenger will have to watch Arsenal's game against Udinese this week from the stands after being hit with a new UEFA punishment.

The Frenchman has been handed a two-game suspension after communicating with the Arsenal bench during the first leg of the Champions League tie while already banned a week ago.

"The UEFA control and disciplinary body has suspended manager Arsene Wenger from carrying out his duties at Arsenal's next two UEFA competition matches," a UEFA statement read.

"Today's decision was taken in relation to the Arsenal manager not abiding by the decision of the control and disciplinary body during the English club's Champions League play-off game against Udinese.

"Wenger is therefore suspended for Arsenal's second leg match against Udinese in Italy on Wednesday and then the next UEFA competition fixture for which he would be eligible."

The Premiership club, who will appeal, have also been handed a €10,000 fine.

Wenger claims he did nothing wrong after suggesting that he had been told that he could contact the touchline during the game.

Udinese and Arsenal meet on Wednesday with the winners heading into the Champions League, while the losers will be demoted to the Europa League.