Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged by the English Football Association with bringing the game into disrepute after the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers.
The result, which almost certainly ended the London club's chances of overhauling Man Utd's lead at the top of the Premiership, was overshadowed by the Frenchman's physical abuse of a drinks bottle after the home side snatched an injury time winner.
An FA spokesman made the shock announcement tonight :
"It is with great reluctance that the Football Association's Disciplinary Board has decided to charge Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with the physical abuse of a half empty drinks bottle in the final stages of the Premiership fixture between Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal".
Although the charge has never been brought before, sources inside the FA suggest that the members take very seriously any abuse of a living thing and plastic is regarded as just that.
The source stated that "even plastic is one of Man's and thus God's creations and as such should be treated with respect and reverence.
It is one of the Football Association's founding principles to protect all forms of life".
Hence, the body's seemingly weak response to Wayne Rooney's frequent indiscretions.