By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger has poured cold water over the latest Fifa proposals.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), who are responsible for governing the game’s worldwide rules, are set to meet at the weekend to discuss alterations to a handful of existing laws.

Of the most recent proposals, Wenger sees some value in allowing a fourth substitute when matches require extra time, but flatly rejected the other main suggestions of a ‘sin bin’ and an extended half-time break.

“I think the fourth substitute in extra time is discussable maybe,” said the manager at Friday’s pre-match press conference.

“It could bring something different to a team when everybody’s tired. Although nothing in these reforms seem to be major, interesting or designed to improve the quality of the game.

“Sin bins I am against. It has been tested and it didn’t work. It complicates a situation that is very simple in football and I believe we have to keep it as simple as possible.

“Being in football I always feel responsible to think how can we improve the quality of the game. None of these will really improve it.”

Arsenal could have done with a longer half-time break on Tuesday night after Kolo Toure and William Gallas were late for the restart against Roma. However, Wenger can see no benefits in that proposal.

“Twenty minutes half-time break I am against too,” he said. “Apart from selling a few more beers at half time I don’t know how it will improve football.”

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27 Feb 2009