London, Apr 16: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants players who dive deliberately on the field during a match, to be banned for three consecutive matches.
“We have that famous thing that the judgment of the referee has to be final, but I don’t agree with that. With this committee, an obvious dive should be punished by a three-match ban,” The Daily Mail quoted Wenger as saying.
The idea gained attention by many in the soccer scenario after Mario Balotelli escaped a ban for his horror tackle on Alex Song, and Shaun Derry failed to have his red card card called off for bringing down Ashley Young in the box despite replays showing the Manchester United winger’s dive was intentional.
“‘We should have a superior committee of ethics who could still punish a player. You always try to be on the edge if you want to win,” Wenger said, adding that diving has become widespread in the Premier League due to the number of overseas players in England.
The Arsenal manager, who believed that foreign players have caused the problem to spread, wants to see the introduction of an ethics committee by the football authorities that would monitor overall jurisdiction for implementing laws on numerous issues including diving. (ANI)