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Wenger appeal rejected as UEFA uphold ban

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will serve a two-match Champions League suspension after his appeal against the punishment was rejected by UEFA.

The Frenchman was initially given the suspension in the wake of the Gunners' play-off first leg at home to Udinese on August 16.

However, the north London club appealed and the sanction was postponed but European football's governing body have reinstated it after turning down the appeal.

Arsenal were also fined 10,000 euros (£8,700) for improper conduct of their officials.

Wenger was originally handed a two-match suspension after being caught relaying messages by telephone from his seat in the stands to the technical area as he was already serving a ban carried over from last season.

“The UEFA Appeals Body has rejected the appeal lodged by Arsenal FC and Arsene Wenger against the two-match suspension handed to the manager in the wake of the English club's UEFA Champions League play-off first leg against Udinese Calcio on 16 August,” said a statement from UEFA.

“Wenger will now be suspended from carrying out his duties at Arsenal's next two UEFA competition matches — the UEFA Champions League group stage games against Borussia Dortmund and Olympiacos FC on September 13 and 28— in accordance with the decision taken by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on August 22.

“The manager was awarded this suspension for not abiding by an earlier decision of the Control and Disciplinary Body during the Udinese home game — in which Wenger was serving a one-match ban imposed following Arsenal's final UEFA Champions League game of last season.”

\[Steven Holland\]A statement from the Italian Football Federation read: “An agreement was signed today by FIGC president Giancarlo Abete, Lega A president Maurizio Beretta and AIC (Italian Players' Union) president Damiano Tommasi for the new collective bargaining agreement.

“The contract will expire in June 2012.”

\[Steven Holland\]”We are happy that the players will play,” said Tommasi. “The Italian players have acted in a good manner throughout the negotiations.”

The old agreement expired at the end of the 2009/10 campaign, with talks over its renewal continuing throughout last season and this summer.</>

Belfast Telegraph