By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger believes the introduction of an “ethics committee” would make the disciplinary process in English football near perfect.
High-profile incidents in recent weeks involving Mario Balotelli and Shaun Derry have increased pressure on the authorities for change.
Wenger is concerned that not all controversial incidents can be assessed in the wake of a game and he believes the introduction of a new system would help bring justice.
“What you want is a system that is fair and a system that does justice for football,” he told the Official Arsenal Magazine. “There are a lot of things that work very, very well but my main concern is that there is friction between the authority of the referee and justice in football.
“That is a grey area at the moment that has to be explored. You have to respect the referee, respect the difficulty of his job, but also put justice in the game above the referee’s authority.
“Basically we are in the position at the moment where if somebody takes a player’s leg off, if the referee has seen it and misjudged it, the player gets away with it. For me that is not acceptable.
“If you love football you want justice to prevail. How can it be right that Shaun Derry is suspended and Mario Balotelli isn’t?
"Even if each case might make sense individually when they are explained, when you put the whole picture together you have to say it’s not common sense. So there is something missing from the cohesion of the justice system.
“I am convinced that a committee with a supreme authority - an ethics committee - could rule on some cases, and make sure justice is done. They should have the power after games, in exceptional circumstances, to make a decision above the referee. Then the system would be perfect.”
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