UEFA confirm Arsenal request for touchline ban postponement

UEFA have requested that Arsenal have requested that the two-match touchline ban for Arsene Wenger be postponed.

The ban was served to the Gunners manager as a result of breaching the rules in Arsenal first-leg match against Udinese that stated he was not permitted to communicate with the bench.

The suspension was due to start on Wednesday, when Arsenal meet Udinese in the second-leg of their Champions League qualifying match.

A UEFA statement reads: “Please note that Arsenal has lodged an appeal against the Control and Disciplinary Body decision taken yesterday and has requested a stay of execution.

Going on to say: “The Appeals Body chairman will deal with the stay of execution today and we shall be in a position to let you know the decision of the Appeals Body Chairman by the end of play today.”

The North London side have started the season badly, with the loss of Cexc Fabregas and likely departure of Samir Nasri, telling.

Manchester City are hoping to tie up a deal for the Frenchman imminently, after Wenger revealed he intends to play Nasri in Wednesday’s European match, which would leave him cup-tied for Manchester City’s Champions League tournament.

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