By Nik Brumsack
Arsène Wenger says the world of football needs to pull together and ensure that corruption is eradicated from the game.
Wenger has witnessed dishonesty in the sport himself, when Paris Saint-Germain and his Monaco side were beaten to the Ligue 1 championship by Marseille, who later had their title taken away amid allegations of match fixing.
The Arsenal manager’s stance on cheating is firm and he believes everyone in the game must work to ensure the sport remains as honest as possible.
“I will always encourage any fight against corruption, because in daily life if you have no confidence in policing or in justice then what can you believe in?” Wenger told the Official Arsenal Magazine.
“The same goes for sport. At a very young age I fought against it, and I think it’s important that we continue to do it. Looking back at that [Marseille] case, I believe I have a responsibility to fight against injustice and corruption and along with that I have a positive image of human beings. In the end, that overtakes any pessimistic attitude that these things could bring you.
“Overall I believe sport has a big responsibility in our society - it can be a model in advance of social development of the society because it can show solidarity and bring people from different cultures together. We have to make sure that, to respect that model, its fairness is right.”
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