Arsenal have been fined £40,000 for failing to test their players during their recent 0..0 draw with Newcastle United. Arsenal players criticized referee Andy Madley in the 95th minute of the equalizing goal on 3 January, arguing that a penalty should have been awarded.
Granit Xhaka's cross hit Jacob Murphy's arm a few yards out and Madley decided not to take the penalty. Arsenal players reacted angrily to the referee, while manager Mikel Arteta expressed his frustration on the touchline. A statement issued by the Football Association supported the penalty on Friday. The statement read: “Arsenal have been fined £40,000 for breaching FA Rule E20.1 during the Premier League match against Newcastle United on Tuesday 3 January. "Arsenal admitted that it had failed to ensure that its players behaved in an orderly manner after 95 minutes. An independent management committee imposed the sanction on the club at a subsequent hearing."
Arsenal are also awaiting confirmation of another FA Cup-related penalty, which has been charged with a similar charge after players responded similarly to another penalty against Oxford United.
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