Arsenal fined £40k for player conduct during FA Cup tie at Oxford… days after identical fine for Newcastle clash

ARSENAL have been fined for their players’ conduct during the FA Cup clash at Oxford.

This comes shortly after the Premier League leaders were handed a similar punishment against Newcastle this month.

Arsenal have been fined for their players’ conduct in the FA Cup against OxfordDan Weir / MatchDay Images Limited

The Gunners have been slapped with a £40,000 penalty by the FA after their 3-0 win in their third-round tie at the Kassam Stadium.

The North Londoners were charged last week for failing to ensure their players acted in an orderly manner during the first half against the League One outfit.

Mikel Arteta’s players surrounded the referee as they appealed for a penalty after Albert Sambi Lokonga’s shot appeared to be blocked by an Oxford hand.

A statement from the FA claims Arsenal denied the allegation and requested a hearing.

It read: “Arsenal FC has been fined £40,000 after its players surrounded a match official during the FA Cup tie against Oxford United FC on Monday 9 January 2023.

“Arsenal FC denied an allegation from The FA that the club had failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 34th minute, and the club also requested a hearing.

“An independent Regulatory Commission subsequently upheld the allegation and imposed the club’s fine. Its written reasons for these decisions will be published in due course.”

Arsenal were also fined £40,000 after a goalless draw with Newcastle at the beginning of the month.

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On that occasion, the Gunners accepted the charge for failing to ensure their players acted in an orderly manner in the fifth minute of stoppage time at the Emirates.

The North Londoners are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with Manchester City second.

They are set to face Manchester United in a crucial clash on Sunday.

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