Manager Slams Controversial Decisions in Newcastle Defeat, FA Alleges Misconduct
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has found himself in hot water as the Football Association (FA) charges him with misconduct following a fiery VAR rant in the wake of Arsenal’s contentious defeat against Newcastle. The FA alleges that Arteta’s comments, branding the VAR decisions as embarrassing and an “absolute disgrace,” constitute misconduct, as they are deemed insulting towards match officials and detrimental to the game.
The controversy stems from the 1-0 loss against Newcastle at St James’ Park earlier this month. Arteta expressed his frustration with the VAR decision not to disallow Anthony Gordon’s goal, a decision he deemed unacceptable. The FA issued a statement on Thursday, confirming the charges against Arteta under FA Rule E3.1.
“It’s alleged that his comments constitute misconduct as they are insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or bring the game into disrepute,” stated the FA.
During the match, VAR reviewed whether the ball had gone out of play before Joe Willock’s cross, if Joelinton had fouled Arsenal defender Gabriel, and whether Gordon had been offside. All three decisions favored Newcastle, despite controversies surrounding the ball’s apparent out-of-play status and a clear push by Joelinton on Gabriel.
Arteta, visibly angered after the match, did not hold back in his criticism. “You have to talk about how the hell did this goal stand up? Incredible. I feel embarrassed,” he said. “I have to now come in here and try to defend the club and please ask for help because it’s an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. An absolute disgrace.”
Arsenal, in support of their manager, issued a statement the following day, stating they “wholeheartedly” supported Arteta. The club urged the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to address officiating standards and focus on improvements that move beyond retrospective analysis, explanations, and apologies. As Arteta faces the FA charges, the incident has reignited the debate on the role of VAR and the need for improvements in football officiating.
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