London - The Football Association (FA) have announced on Tuesday that Arsenal
midfielder Jack Wilshere has been charged over an alleged offensive
gesture during his side's Premier League defeat at Manchester City last
Television pictures showed Wilshere raising his middle
finger -- apparently towards home supporters -- during the Premier
League leaders' heavy 6-3 loss to City at the Etihad Stadium.
The England international, 21, has until 6 pm (1800 GMT) on Wednesday to respond to the charge.
midfield player Jack Wilshere has been charged by the FA with making an
offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture," read a statement
from the FA.
"The charge follows an alleged gesture made during
the fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on
Saturday 14 December.
"The incident was not seen by match officials, but
was caught on video."
Wilshere has been charged under a new FA
pilot project enabling a three-man disciplinary panel to review footage
of incidents not seen by the match officials and advise if action needs
to be taken.
The FA added: "For an FA charge to follow, all three
panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance,
the panel were unanimous."
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was
suspended for one match, fined £20 000 and warned as to
his future conduct after making a similar gesture to opposition fans
following a 1-0 defeat at Fulham two years ago.
A one-game suspension would rule Wilshere out of his side's clash with second-place Chelsea on Monday.
manager Arsene Wenger said after the game against City that the club
would accept any disciplinary action taken against Wilshere, "if he did