Wilshere banned because of the kids

Arsenal man was handed a two-match suspension after admitting to making the gesture during the 6-3 rout against Manchester City.

Jack Wilshere has disclosed the reason why he made the obscene hand-gesture to Manchester City fans during Arsenal's 6-3 defeat at the Etihad: he had been on the receiving end of abuse about his children. 

While seemingly admitting that he was wrong to make such a gesture, the Arsenal and England midfielder defended his actions by taking to Twitter after the Arsenal-Chelsea draw saying: 'Shouldn't of reacted the way I did but I know all you dads out there love your kids the way I do... suppose I will just have to take the abuse about my kids in future.'


Wilshere will sit out the game with West Ham on Boxing Day as he completes his ban, and be available for selection for Arsenal's trip to Newcastle on December 29th.

Luis Suarez was banned for one game following a similar gesture in 2011, but the rules were changed at the beginning of this season to look back at unseen incidents, and Arsenal's Wilshere is the first high profile recipient of such a punishment.

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