Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Emery charged after kicking bottle against Brighton

Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

The Football Association (FA) has charged Arsenal head coach Unai Emery with improper conduct after he kicked a bottle during his side's Premier League game at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Emery let his frustration boil over on the touchline in the 1-1 Boxing Day draw and kicked out at a bottle, which then went into the Brighton fans.

The Arsenal boss appeared to apologise straight away and again said sorry for the incident at a post-match news conference.

But the FA has charged Emery regardless, announcing on Thursday that the Spaniard has until January 2 to respond.

Emery addressed the incident again when he spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's trip to Premier League leaders Liverpool.

"I said yesterday my apologies, I kicked the bottle in frustration but not for the supporter, I kicked for me and it went near to the supporter and I said to them my apologies," he said.

"There is not another communication. I repeat today my apologies for my individual action but I kick the bottle because it is near me, but not because it is my intention."

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