December 31, 2018 / 4:36 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Arsenal's Emery fined for kicking bottle at Brighton fan

Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - December 26, 2018 Arsenal manager Unai Emery before the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Unai Emery was fined 8,000 pounds ($10,200) 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.

($1 = 0.7856 pounds)

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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