Wenger admits improper conduct
November 23, 2006 7:22pm CST
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted a Football Association charge of improper conduct following his touchline row with West Ham boss Alan Pardew. Wenger was hit with the FA charge after shoving and swearing at Pardew in the aftermath of his counterpart's overzealous celebration of Marlon Harewood's last-minute winner when the London rivals met at Upton Park on November 5. Pardew, also given an improper conduct charge, has denied the accusation, while both managers have requested personal hearings to put their defences to the FA disciplinary board. Wenger is likely to be given a touchline ban or a heavy fine for his part in the incident, while Pardew would face a similar punishment if he is found guilty. An FA statement said Thursday: "Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted a charge of improper conduct in relation to a touchline incident towards the end of the match at West Ham United on November 5. "West Ham manager Alan Pardew has denied a charge of improper conduct in relation to the same incident. "Both managers have requested personal hearings, which will be scheduled in due course."