Not backing down! Mikel Arteta will contest the FA’s decision to charge him for ’embarrassing’ VAR comments after Newcastle defeat

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After Arsenal’s loss to Newcastle, courtesy of a controversial Anthony Gordon winner following three video checks, Arteta criticized VAR decisions meted out by Stuart Attwell and Andy Madley, calling them “embarrassing” and a “disgrace”to the sport.

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The Gunners manager was subsequently charged with a breach of FA rule E3.1 as his comments allegedly “constitute misconduct” and “are insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or bring the game into disrepute.

“Arteta has until Friday to respond to the charges and according to Mirror, the manager will not back down and contest the charges. The club stood firmly behind their manager and even released a statement to that effect withDeclan Rice also coming out in support of his coach. Arteta could face a potential touchline ban and a fine if proven guilty.

However, he can still be present in the dugout on Saturday against Brentford if the ban is not announced before the match.

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