By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has no intention of imposing a dress code on his players.

The issue cropped up at the Frenchman’s pre-match press conference after the news that Cesc Fabregas has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

The Arsenal captain’s charge relates to his conduct on the pitch following the Hull City game on March 17. Fabregas was wearing casual clothes when he celebrated that FA Cup victory with his team-mates and his demeanour was called into question by Hull manager Phil Brown.

But Wenger has always favoured a less restrictive dress policy for his players and he sees no reason to change that.

“Well, what is correct, what is incorrect?” asked the manager.

“I don’t know – I thought he [Fabregas] was dressed in a proper way. There is a famous expression, ‘do not judge people by the way they dress,’ so why should he suddenly do it?

“Never [have I imposed a dress code]. Why should someone 20 years old not be able to dress in a relaxed way? I find it good that they dress in a relaxed way.”

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24 Apr 2009