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Soccer-Wilshere accepts FA charge, will contest ban


LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has accepted an FA charge over an offensive gesture, but will contest the mandatory two-game ban, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

The England international is alleged to have made an abusive hand gesture towards Manchester City supporters at the Etihad Stadium during Arsenal's 6-3 Premier League defeat on Saturday.

The incident went unnoticed by match officials but was caught on video and Wilshere was charged retrospectively by the FA under a new pilot project for potential 'not seen' incidents in Premier League matches.

His case will be heard by a commission on Thursday and if the suspension is upheld he will miss Arsenal's Premier League match with Chelsea on Dec. 23 and the game at West Ham United three days later.

(Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ed Osmond)

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