Arsenal have submitted an appeal against their FA charge received earlier this month for protesting a penalty decision against Oxford United. It’s been reported Arsenal have appealed the charge, believing it to be unreasonable.
Arsenal were charged by the FA earlier this month after a few players surrounded referee David Coote to appeal for a penalty against Oxford United.
The FA subsequently handed Arsenal a charge for “[failing] to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion”.
Arsenal have submitted the appeal on the stance that the decision isn’t consistent with the referee’s own report, which doesn’t mention anything about Arsenal failing to control their players.
The Gunners also highlight similar incidents involving other clubs that haven’t led to a charge, citing several examples in their appeal. For example, just seconds into Arsenal’s game against Manchester City on Friday Rodri, Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, and Erling Haaland all surrounded the referee to try and convince him to overturn a decision against City.
This is exactly the sort of incident Arsenal likely pointed to, showing that scenes like this happen almost every game and rarely result in charges.
The Gunners are now waiting for a response to their appeal.