By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger believes that if shirt pulling is to be stamped out of football, referees must be consistent in punishing offenders.
Law 12 of the Fifa ‘Laws of the Game' states that 'a direct free kick [or penalty] is awarded to the opposing team if a player holds an opponent.'
Shirt pulling is becoming a more and more familiar sight in football, especially at corners. However referees rarely penalise such offences.

During Wenger's press conference on Friday afternoon, Wenger was asked his opinion on the matter.

"I have got a view that it is a foul to pull the shirt," he said. "The difficulty is, in the same corner, five different couples of players pull the shirts.
"So who is first [to commit an offence] and who is last? When do you make the decision? It is very difficult you know.
"Maybe, purely you can say it is a penalty but how many times is that not given?
"Until you get the referees to act in a consistent way that the players know anybody who pulls a shirt can be pulled and be punished, you will not get that out."

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22 Jan 2010