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ARSENE WENGER has been handed a Champions League ban after blowing his lid in Seville.

The Arsenal boss will be barred from the dug-out and dressing room for the final group game at home to Steaua Bucharest on December 12.

And he is likely to have that ban extended to the knockout stages at a UEFA disciplinary hearing scheduled for the following day.

Wenger was sent from the technical area for arguing with Belgian ref Eric Braamhaar during Tuesday's 3-1 defeat in Spain.

But he ignored the orders of fourth official Reinold Wiedemeijer to go to the stands and watched the final 10 minutes at the entrance to the players' tunnel.

That defiance is certain to land him in further hot water when Braamhaar's official report reaches UEFA HQ.

A spokesman said: “Article 70 of our disciplinary code states any coach who is sent off during a game must immediately remove himself to the stands.

“That is what happened with Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard in Lyon on Tuesday. It is no excuse for a manager to say he could not find a seat.â€

Wenger was fined £2,500 by the FA in March for abusing ref Steve Bennett but has never incurred a touchline ban before. Jose Mourinho was hit with a two-game Euro ban in 2005.

The then Chelsea boss was barred from the quarter-final with Bayern Munich but allegedly got around it by having himself smuggled into the dressing room in a laundry skip.
 
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