Arsene Wenger in hot water with UEFA

Updated: August 17, 2011

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks set to get into trouble with UEFA after communicating with his bench despite his touchline ban against Udinese last night.

The Gunners boss watched from the stands as his side struggled to a 1-0 home win in the first-leg of their Champions League play-off, having been forced to serve a one-match touchline ban for abusing Swiss referee Massimo Busacca in the last-16 defeat to Barcelona last season.

Prior to kickoff, Arsenal had checked with UEFA that Wenger could communicate with his coaching staff via a third party. Upon confirmation, first-team coach Boro Primorac passed instructions from Wenger to assistant manager Pat Rice on the touchline throughout the first half.

However, at the interval Wenger was warned that he was contravening the rules and as a result he stopped the communication. Primorac continued to make phone-calls, suggesting that Wenger may have been involved in some capacity. The Gunners boss also refused to attend the press conference after the match and that in itself could land him in further trouble.

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