December 31, 2018 / 4:40 PM / 17 days ago

Arsenal's Emery fined for kicking bottle at Brighton fan

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Arsenal - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - December 29, 2018 Arsenal manager Unai Emery gestures REUTERS/Phil Noble

(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Unai Emery was fined 8,000 pounds on Monday but avoided a touchline ban for kicking a plastic bottle at a Brighton and Hove Albion supporter, the English Football Association (FA) said.

The Spanish coach immediately apologised to the supporter following the incident during the closing moments of Arsenal’s 1-1 Premier League draw at the Amex Stadium last Wednesday.

Emery admitted an FA improper conduct charge and accepted the standard penalty.

“I kicked it for me and it went near the supporters. I said my apologies ... I kicked it because it’s near me and not because of this intention,” Emery had said following the incident.

Arsenal, who are fifth in the table following a 5-1 defeat by leaders Liverpool on Saturday, host Fulham on Tuesday.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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