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Van Persie will not have chance to appeal second yellow card

Uefa have revealed that they will take action against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Samir Nasri for improper conduct after using "inappropriate language" towards referee Massimo Busacca after the defeat to Barcelona.

The Frenchmen were left fuming with the decision to send off striker Robin van Persie for a second bookable offence for having a shot at goal after the linesman had ruled him offside, and exchanged words with the officials after the game.

It was a controversial decision in the eyes of many as the 27-year-old claimed he could not hear the whistle over the 90,000 fans packed in the stadium and took his shot just a second after Busacca blew, with the Dutchman telling reporters that his sending off was "a joke".

Wenger spoke to the referee after the game, a debate which continued heatedly in the tunnel, while Nasri was also caught up in the incident and the European football governing body have decided to take action against the pair, with a disciplinary case set for 17 March.

It was also revealed that Van Persie will have no chance to appeal the sending off as it was for a second yellow.

A Uefa spokesman said: "Under Article 44.4 of Uefa's disciplinary regulations, appeals are only allowed against cautions on the grounds of mistaken identity."

Uefa did confirm that referee Busacca’s performance will be evaluated; however, it will not be for public consumption.

"Referees are always evaluated," added the spokesman. "There is a referee observer who evaluates their performance.

"These are taken into account internally in terms of appointments but we never make that public."

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