Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger set to learn fate over Uefa touchline ban appeal

Frenchman will find out on Monday whether or not he will be free to take to the dugout for the Gunners’ first two Champions League fixtures after violating terms of previous ban
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to learn on Monday whether or not his appeal against the two-match touchline ban given to him by Uefa has been successful.

Wenger was handed the punishment after violating the terms of his previous touchline ban by communicating with assistant Pat Rice during the first leg of the Gunners’ Champions League qualifier against Udinese at the Emirates Stadium, which they won 1-0.

The Frenchman had originally been serving a touchline ban as a result of comments he made in the wake of his side’s controversial exit from the same tournament at the hands of Barcelona last season.

At the time, the Frenchman’s contention that he thought he was acting within the rules was dismissed by Uefa’s Control and Disciplinary Body, who decided the ban should extend for a further two matches.

They did, however, agree to postpone the punishment to allow for an appeal against the ruling, meaning Wenger was able to take to the touchline for the crucial return leg of that qualifier in Udine, with Arsenal ultimately progressing 3-1 on aggregate.

If upheld, the ban would ensure Wenger must watch both his side’s away trip to face German champions Dortmund and home clash with Greek side Olympiakos from the stands.