Emirates boss could see ban extended.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could see his touchline ban extended if a Uefa investigation finds him guilty of breaching his suspension.
The Frenchman was not allowed in the dugout for last night’s 1-0 win over Udinese because of his reaction to his side’s exit from the Champions League by Barcelona last season.
He accused referee Massimo Busacca of “killing the game” and being “an embarrassment” following Robin van Persie’s red card at the Nou Camp.
The original ban was supposed to be one game but if Wenger has flouted the laws it could be extended for the return leg in Italy next week.
The Gunners boss spent much of last night’s game giving instructions from his seat in the directors’ box to first-team coach, Boro Primorac who relayed them to Pat Rice, the assistant manager, on the bench.
Uefa made clear to Arsenal at half-time that Wenger was not allowed to have any contact with his players and would have to be careful.
But Primorac continued to make telephone calls to Rice after consultation with the manager throughout the second half.
Arsenal insist they checked with Uefa on Monday the manager was permitted to behave in such a manner, but there appears to have been a breakdown in communication.
Wenger did not fulfil his media duties last night — as is commonplace for a banned manager.
Arsenal were hit with more problems last night with news that Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou are a doubt for Saturday’s clash against Liverpool with hamstring injuries.