Arsenal manager Unai Emery fined £8,000 for water bottle kicking incident

Unai Emery has been fined £8,000 after the Arsenal head coach admitted a Football Association improper conduct charge for kicking a water bottle into the crowd during a Boxing Day draw at Brighton.

The 47-year-old, who avoided a touchline ban, accepted the standard penalty for the FA charge following the incident at the Amex Stadium.

Emery immediately apologised to a supporter after kicking the bottle into the stand and again went to speak to the home fan at full-time after Arsenal drew 1-1.

The FA announced last Thursday that the Spaniard had been charged over the incident – although Emery himself had initially hoped his apology would have been enough to see him escape any punishment.

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“I hope so, yes,” he replied when asked whether his apology should be the end of the matter.

“But I have to respect the decision because it is a circumstance of my action but not another intention from me with the supporter. I say to them my apology.”

An FA statement on Monday read: “Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been fined £8,000 after he admitted an FA improper conduct charge and accepted the standard penalty. It concerned his conduct during the game against Brighton on 26 December 2018.

Emery, whose side were thrashed 5-1 at Liverpool on Saturday evening, avoided any touchline ban and will be free to take the reins against Fulham on New Year’s Day.

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Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho received a one-match touchline ban for kicking a bottle of water during the clash against West Ham in 2016.

He was also sent to the stands during his side’s 1-1 draw after lashing out following referee Jonathan Moss’ decision to book Paul Pogba for diving.

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