By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has hit out at the "Middle Ages justice" meted out by this week's television expose on 'bungs' in Premiership football.

The topic is back in the news after a BBC programme uncovered evidence of illegal transfer payments involving English clubs.

The Arsenal manager feels the problem is not widespread and has never been offered financial inducements himself.

"I have done 150 transfers so I must have an honest look or maybe a rich look," he joked.

"Overall I think [the problem] is very, very minor. That does not mean the [guilty] people should not be severely punished but I am against the kind of justice through television.

"It is right the FA makes an investigation because [allegations are] against a manager. So you have take the inquiry very seriously.

"But I am against the quick TV judgements that can tarnish people's reputation without proving anything. It looks like Middle Ages justice. You burn someone quickly to satisfy people. But nothing has been proved so you are not justified to do it".

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Richard Clarke 22 Sep 2006