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Wilshere accepts FA charge for offensive hand gesture

December 19, 2013 13:46 IST

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has accepted an FA charge over an offensive gesture, but will contest the mandatory two-game ban, according to reports.

According to Sport24, the England international is alleged to have made an abusive hand gesture towards Manchester City supporters at the Etihad Stadium during Arsenal's 6-3 Premier League defeat on Saturday.

The incident went unnoticed by match officials but was caught on video and Wilshere was charged retrospectively by the FA under a new pilot project for potential ''not seen'' incidents in Premier League matches, the report said.

His case will be heard by a commission on Thursday and if the suspension is upheld he will miss Arsenal's Premier League match with Chelsea on December 23 and the game at West Ham United three days later, the report added.

Image: Jack Wilshere

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