The Football Association has charged Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere with misconduct following his anti-Tottenham chants during the FA Cup victory parade on Sunday. The Arsenal midfielder was charged with misconduct after swearing as he addressed the fans during the club’s open-top bus parade celebrations on Sunday following their FA Cup Final victory.As the consequence, hewill find out next week the cost of his foul-mouthed anti-Tottenham chants during the winning celebration.
The 23-year-old had apologized if his actions had caused any offence and was spoken to by Arsenal staff. However, the FA has now launched formal disciplinary proceedings as they not impressed by his antics during the open-top bus parade last weekend when he grabbed a microphone to lead a series of chants mocking Arsenal’s biggest rivals Tottenham.
In similar scenes to 12 months ago, Wilshere then proceeded to lead the massed ranks of Arsenal supporters in a chant which included expletives against Spurs, who again finished below their north London neighbors in the Barclays Premier League table. Arsenal issued a swift apology from the studio presenter during their live in-house media broadcast of the event, while on Monday, Wilshere apologized if his actions had caused any offence and was spoken to by Arsenal staff about the issue.
It is alleged his conduct in making and/or inciting certain comments during the club’s open bus trophy tour was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. Wilshere has until 6pm on June 10 to respond following formal disciplinary proceedings opened by the governing body, with an independent commission set to rule on the case which will have sanctions to impose a significant fine although a suspension is also a possibility.
But the 23-year-old has still reported for England duty with the rest of the Three Lions’ squad at St George’s Park ahead of the back-to-back games with Republic of Ireland next Sunday and Slovenia a week later. It is understood that, despite the FA charge, Wilshere has not broken the code of conduct laid down for England players in October 2012.
On Sunday, Arsenal fans had braved the rain to cheer the squad as they went on open-top buses from the Emirates Stadium to Islington Town Hall, celebrating the club’s record 12th FA Cup victory after successfully retaining the trophy. Wilshere took the microphone and said: “I have one question, and one question only: what do we think of Tottenham?”… before adding: “And what do we think of s***?”, then joining in as the crowd sang back: “We hate Tottenham and we hate Tottenham… we are the Tottenham haters.”