By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger would rather politicians kept their distance from football.

This year the Arsenal manager has given his support to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee into the governance of football, which is examining the level of debt in the modern game among other issues and paid a visit to Emirates Stadium in February.

But, generally speaking, Wenger believes that sport and politics should not mix - because politicians do not always have the best interests of sport at heart.

"Sport has one big advantage - it rewards people who deserve it and it is easy to measure the quality," said the Frenchman.

"If you're the son of a Prime Minister or the son of somebody who does not have a home, if you are good, you play. That is basic justice in sport and it is important that is respected. Politics is not always in the best interest of sport because they could have other agendas.

"I believe we have to keep it simple - I fight my whole life against the quotas and I think politicians could be in danger of bringing quotas in.

"I believe what is fantastic in sport is that a boy who was born in Johannesburg or London can fulfil his dream and we can make that happen. I am not always convinced that is in the best interests of politicians."

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6 May 2011