Arsenal’s Unai Emery faces touchline ban after being hit with FA charge

• Emery struck bottle at Brighton supporter in frustration
• He has until 2 January to respond to improper conduct charge

Unai Emery is facing a possible touchline ban after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for kicking a plastic bottle at a Brighton supporter during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day.

Emery reacted with frustration to Arsenal’s final, failed attack of the match and immediately apologised to the fan in question, insisting his fit of pique had been an accident. However, that did not stop the FA from announcing on Thursday morning that they were looking into the incident with the governing body announcing just after 5pm that they had decided to charge the Spaniard.

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