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Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger Demands New Panel To Help Prevent Diving

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to see action taken against players caught diving…

Arsene Wenger wants an independent panel created with the power to issue retrospective suspensions for diving, according to BBC reports, with the Arsenal boss unimpressed with the reoccurring issue.

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A number of high-profile incidents involving Chelsea players have led to both West Ham’s Sam Allardyce and Hull City’s Steve Bruce criticising the Premier League leaders, with the latter describing Blues defender Gary Cahill as “something out of Swan Lake.”

Wenger wants action to be taken sooner rather than later, with a panel which should be made up of people with “experience in the game” to punish “obvious cases”.

“I am against diving, but the only way players will stop doing it is if they can get punished,” Wenger said, before also explaining that the naming of guilty players alone “doesn’t work” and there is a need to hand out bans following the examination of video evidence.

“We should punish after the game,” added the Frenchman. “The problem will be to decide when it was obvious diving or not. That is a big issue and sometimes it is not obvious.”

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho responded to the recent criticism last weekend, after Cesc Fabregas was denied what was a clear penalty against Southampton, and was instead booked for simulation.

“There is a campaign against Chelsea,” Mourinho said after the game at St Mary’s. “I don’t know why there is this campaign and I do not care.”

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