Arsene Wenger may have an FA misconduct charge hanging on his neck but that has not stopped the Arsenal manager from blasting Premier League referees for refereeing games like they are from the “dark ages”.
The Frenchman is reportedly facing a ban after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) having confronted match officials in the wake of his team’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday.
The 68-year old said he was tired of the approach by officials in the Premier League, and told them it is time to “get with the times.”
“Sometimes I say to the fourth official, when the goalkeeper starts to waste time after five minutes, ‘There are people who pay a lot of money to watch football. You are responsible to make sure football happens on the pitch’. They have to serve the game, like we do. They have not to be the star,” Wenger said.
“It’s not [appropriate] any more, in 2018, that the referee calls a player and speaks to him for half a minute or a minute.
“That is the 1950s, where the referee talks to the player and says, ‘If you’re not nice, I might punish you’. Come on, let’s not waste time. That is not the rhythm of a modern society.
“People want crisp, sharp action and the referee has to make sure that happens. We don’t live in the dark ages.”
Wenger could fall under the hammer of the FA particularly if his comments are considered to have brought the game into disrepute.