The fall-out from last night’s controversial sending off of Robin van Persie during Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat against Barcelona has continued, with UEFA, European football’s governing body, announcing that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and midfielder Samir Nasri have been charged with improper conduct.
Dutch striker van Persie was shown a second yellow card by Swiss referee Massimo Busacca for shooting at goal just one second after the whistle went for offside.
Van Persie claimed he could not hear the whistle amidst the noise of the crowd at Camp Nou, but he was sent off.
Gunners boss Wenger clashed angrily with the official after the game, once in the tunnel and again half an hour after the match had ended. Furthermore, the Frenchman claimed that van Persie’s dismissal, with the scores tied 1-1, and Arsenal leading 3-2 on aggregate, had “killed the match”.
Nasri, the midfield player in the running for the Premier League Player of the Year award after an outstanding season, also faces being charged, after he remonstrated furiously with the referee after the final whistle. He would later add on his Twitter account: “Busacca is the best”.