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Sunday 15 December 2019

Wenger's conscience clear after telling lies to media

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he has told lies to the media to protect members of his Arsenal squad, but says that his conscience is clear because it is always for the benefit of the player.

"If you are asking me if I have lied to the press to protect a player, the honest answer is yes," said the Arsenal manager. "I didn't do it and feel comfortable afterwards. But if it's for one of my players, it's a good cause. When I lie to the press, I always speak to the player concerned beforehand to get our story straight."

Having been the first Premier League manager to highlight the issue of dangerous tackles, Wenger has also called for video evidence to provide retrospective punishment when serious incidents are missed by referees.

"The referee can send somebody off but if your leg is broken, it is broken, what can you do?" he said. "Football has a responsibility to punish people on video who do dirty things which the referee has not seen.

"Individually, everybody is responsible for their own behaviour. We have to make sure that the players know when they go into the game that if they do something that the referee has not seen that is dirty they can get punished.

"You can get punished more in France. You can get six months (ban). It depends how people judge it."

Asked if he thought there were players in the Premier League who went out to hurt others, Wenger said: "What do you think? That all the injuries are coincidence? It's not God who tackles people, it's players." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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