By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has called for the Football Association to adopt video technology so players who commit reckless fouls do not escape punishment.
The Arsenal manager served a one-match touchline ban of his own this week after admitting a charge of improper conduct following the Sunderland game last weekend. But while Wenger was punished swiftly and efficiently, players are not subject to the same scrutiny.
The severity of Paul Robinson's challenge on Abou Diaby during Arsenal's win over Bolton earlier this month was not spotted by the referee while Stoke's Andy Wilkinson was not even booked for a lunge at Fulham's Moussa Dembele this week.
Wenger believes referees need more help if the FA are to rid the game of dangerous tackling.
"It is the system," he said.
"The FA is always very swift with me but I cannot influence it. I said I was wrong and that doesn't make anyone else right or wrong.
"Robinson's was a bad tackle but the rule is that if the foul has been seen by the referee, they can do nothing about it [afterwards].
"That's why I have pleaded for a long time for the use of video [technology] - if you want the referee to get bad tackles out of the game, you have to accept that at some stage a review of the video so the FA can punish the players that do it."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source