UEFA, the administrative body for football in Europe has banned Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger for his uncomplimentary remarks about referee Damir Skomina during Arsenal's Champions League game with AC Milan on 6th March 2012.

This will be the third time the French would be picking a ban. Asides that, the coach who has been suspended from carrying out his managerial duties for the next three European games will pay a fine of €40,000 (£33,000).

The match which ended 3-0 didn't favour the club as they were knocked out 4-3 on aggregate, Wenger couldn't hide his feelings either, "I was not happy with the referee tonight because I felt he gave many free-kicks in the middle of the park."

Speaking before the news was made public, the 63 year-old ex footballer said, "If I am suspended then it is not justified and I will appeal straight away. I believe that they have transformed UEFA competition referees to be untouchable icons, where you cannot even have a word.

"The only thing they understand after the game is the report. I believe that when you have 25 years consecutively in Europe you can still ask the referee that you can have some discussion with him. It is very difficult to understand."

Arsenal is expected to appeal the ban/fine within 3 days.

Source: The Guardian