By Josh James

There has been plenty of support in recent weeks for the use video technology in football and Arsène Wenger is also an advocate of another potential development - the introduction of sin bins.

The Arsenal manager, speaking to the monthly Arsenal Magazine, outlined why he thought football would benefit from following the lead of sports such as rugby, when it comes to temporary exclusions from games.

"A sin bin is worth thinking about in my opinion," said Wenger.

"Sometimes you see a guy is on the fringes of his temper, on a moody day. Maybe if the referee can take him out for 10 minutes – like in rugby – then it would be a chance for the manager to tell him to calm down, focus on his game. That would be better in the long run."

Wenger added that this form of 'instant punishment' would benefit the team on the receiving end of an offence much more than the current system does.

"There are other advantages too, for example, [at the moment] if a guy gets a second yellow, he’s suspended for the next game. But, he might be facing Man United in his next game, so they have an advantage, yet the team that he fouled against on the day has no advantage.

"On top of that, they are at a disadvantage because one of their rivals has benefited. So sometimes you think 'where is the logic?' It would be better to take the punishment on the day, and give the advantage to the team that has been offended against.

"That’s why the sin bin is more logical for an immediate punishment."

You can read more from Wenger on football's disciplinary system in the May issue of the official Arsenal Magazine. It's now available in the shops and you can subscribe online.

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25 Apr 2012