By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes sport can set an example to society with the way it combats racism.

The emergence of campaigns such as Kick It Out have helped to reduce the levels of racism and discrimination in football but recent incidents on and off the pitch have shown that there is still work to do.

Some feel that punishments for acts of racism are too lenient and therefore do not act as a sufficient deterrent. Wenger understands this point of view but he believes that sport is still a standard-bearer.

"I agree that punishments have not always been [harsh enough] and I believe there are still sometimes bad remarks but overall in my sport there is no deep racial problem," he said.

"Football gives you one chance and it is because you are selected on merit and it is easy to identify the merit. In normal society, the problem is much deeper.

"If you are a good player, you play. No matter where you come from. It is not always true in a normal society but in sport it is easy to identify how good you are. That’s why sport can be an example for society."

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18 Nov 2011