Jens Lehmann will become the latest Arsenal player to be charged with misconduct after throwing the ball at Southampton's Kevin Phillips following the final whistle at St Mary's last night.
A player cannot be cautioned or dismissed once the whistle has gone but Steve Dunn, the referee, said he will be including the incident in his report to the Football Association. He said Lehmann "came in [the referee's room] to apologise, which is nice, but that is not going to change what is in my report".
Lehmann was a regular visitor to the German Football Federation offices while at Borussia Dortmund and wasted little time becoming acquainted with the FA's disciplinary process after joining Arsenal in the summer. After the Old Trafford fracas he was warned as to his future conduct, which will not help his defence this time. Should he be suspended, Arsenal may be forced to give Graham Stack his Premiership debut as both Stuart Taylor and Rami Shaaban are injured.
"He should not have done it and it was a frustrated reaction but not a huge one," Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, said. "I like the way players are allowed to challenge the goalkeeper in England but they must be going for the ball."Reuse content