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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for the establishment of an independent panel to help stamp out diving and to retrospectively ban those found guilty.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for the establishment of an independent panel to help stamp out diving and to retrospectively ban those found guilty.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho this week spoke out over what he saw as a "clear campaign" against the English Premier League leaders after midfielder Cesc Fabregas was cautioned by referee Anthony Taylor for simulation in the match at Southampton, when the player looked to have in fact been tripped by defender Matt Targett in the penalty area.

Wenger - who had a touchline bust-up with Mourinho during Arsenal's defeat at Stamford Bridge in October - quipped he "very much" felt sorry for the supposed campaign against Chelsea players. However, the French coach agrees something must be done to eradicate the trend of those looking to win an unfair advantage.

"I am against diving. We should punish after the game. The problem will be to decide when it was obvious diving or not. That is a big issue and sometimes it is not obvious," said the Arsenal boss, who takes his side to Southampton on New Year's Day looking to move back up into the top four.

"Yes (there should be a panel), and the most suited to this are people who have an experience in the game, and (then) to punish only obvious cases, but not mixed ones.

"Naming (those guilty) alone doesn't work, you have to suspend the players. (How long should the ban be?) I don't know. It depends.

"The only way that the players will stop doing it, is if they feel they can get punished.

"Is it Arsenal, or Manchester United, or Liverpool or Chelsea? It is for everybody the same."


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