Arsenal boss Wenger backs call for automatic diving ban

Arsene Wenger has suggested a three-game ban for any player caught diving via a retrospective panel would help stamp out acts of cheating, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The Arsenal manager added that while foreign players may have popularised diving in the Premier League, British players took to acts of simulation very quickly.

Wenger is quoted as saying: “If an obvious dive is punished by a three-match ban, the players would not do it anymore. We should have a superior committee of ethics who could still punish a player like that.” Wenger was responding to a suggestion by former Manchester United defender Gary Neville that an obvious dive should be punished not with a yellow card, but with a suspension.

The comments come after Ashley Young won a contentious penalty for Manchester United for the second successive week, the England winger going down in what Sir Alex Ferguson described in a BBC interview as a “dramatic fall” after Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark appeared to make slight contact with his former teammate. A week earlier Young had been at the centre of controversy when a collision with Queens Park Rangers midfielder Shaun Derry led to a spot kick and a red card for the R’s player.

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