IPSWICH ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Arsene Wenger Manager of Arsenal gives instructions during the Carling Cup Semi Final First Leg match between Ipswich Town and Arsenal at Portman Road on January 12 2011 in Ipswich England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger And Samir Nasri To Serve UEFA Bans Without Appealing

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Arsene Wenger & Samir Nasri Will Not Appeal UEFA Suspensions

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Samir Nasri will not appeal their one-match suspensions handed down by UEFA and will miss the club's next European fixture. Wenger and Nasri were both suspended for what UEFA termed "inappropriate language" towards referee Massimo Busacca during the club's Champions League round of 16 second-leg against Barcelona that saw the English club knocked out of the competition.

"Arsenal have decided not to appeal against UEFA bans for Arsene Wenger and Samir Nasri," read a statement on Arsenal's official website. "The manager and the midfielder were each suspended for one European match following charges of improper conduct in the wake of Arsenal's Champions League exit at Barcelona. Wenger was also fined 10,000.''

Both Wenger and Nasri were incensed when Robin van Persie was shown a second yellow card in the second leg of the tie against Barcelona. Arsenal were leading on aggregate at the time when van Persie struck a ball towards goal after the referee's whistle. Van Persie indicated that he could not hear the whistle because of all the noise at the 99,354 seat Camp Nou in Barcelona, but the referee sent him off anyways. Wenger and Nasri both had words with the referee, words UEFA deemed to be inappropriate.

Wenger did not take the suspension lightly, calling UEFA a "dictatorship" after the announcement was handed down. The club could have appealed the suspensions, but now it is clear that they will not.

Arsenal are no longer in any UEFA competition this season so Wenger and Nasri's suspensions will take place next season. The team are in second place in the English Premier League and will likely qualify for the Champions league next season so the two will likely miss out on the club's first group stage match next season.

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Arsene Wenger, Samir Nasri And Joe Jordan All Handed 1-Match Bans By UEFA

UEFA were not particularly impressed by Arsenal's behaviour following their 4-3 aggregate defeat at the hands of Barcelona early last week, and they've expressed their displeasure by handing down one-game bans to both manager Arsene Wenger and winger Samir Nasri, which will see both suspended for the first group stage match next season. The pair have been punished for their comments about and around the incident which saw Robin van Persie unjustly shown a second yellow card early in the second half of the match at the Camp Nou - Wenger went on to liken UEFA to a dictatorship when he was charged with misconduct, and is probably lucky to have escaped further censure. Neither of the bans are likely to have any real impact on Arsenal.

There's also been another handed down to a London club, but unlike the Gunners, Tottenham Hotspur remain in the competition. Joe Jordan has received a one match ban for the incident that resulted in Gennaro Gattuso headbutting the 59 year-old, and while it's tempted to suggest that FIFA has lost the plot and is blaming the victim, remember that Jordan was antagonizing the midfielder from the touchline for much of the evening, and the punishment is presumably for that. Jordan will miss Spurs' next match in the Champions League, which isn't really a big deal because he's just an assistant coach.

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