FA charges Wenger with improper conduct

London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was charged by the Football Association for improper conduct following the Premier League match at Sunderland.

Sunderland`s Darren Bent scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time on Saturday to give the home side a 1-1 draw, provoking Wenger`s wrath.

The 60-year-old Frenchman lost his cool and angrily remonstrated with match officials, furious over the time added on by referee Phil Dowd.

In a statement on its website (www.thefa.com) the FA said Wenger had been charged with "using insulting and/or abusive language and behaviour amounting to improper conduct."

Under the FA`s new fast-track procedures he has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

Wenger has been offered a standard sanction of a one-match touchline ban and an 8,000 pounds fine should he accept the charge.

If he denies the charge the case will be heard by a regulatory commission.

The fourth official had indicated a minimum of four minutes additional time on Saturday.

Bent`s goal, with the last kick of the game, cancelled out Cesc Fabregas`s first-half effort and denied Arsenal the chance of going top of the table for at least 24 hours.

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